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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
7/7
God is still in control, regardless of how things may look. Praise God that is still true today! It looks like evil in this world is out of control. It looks like Satan and his will are having their day. But, I would just remind you that we serve a God, Who is still on the throne! He still has all the power. In His time, He will demonstrate His power and His sovereignty over sin, Satan and the world. 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. HAVE A BLESSED AND SAFE 4TH OF JULY! Vic.

  
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    You know I was just in service at church today and the word that came to me was "Sovereign" He IS MINE!!!! I thank Him that He is and will be yesterday, today & forever more!!!

God bless you Brother Vic & all who read your blogs!!!

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    Thank you, Vic, and have a blessed SonDay!

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    Thank you for the message. God controls everything, whether we like it or not!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/7/2013

Sunday, July 07, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/7/2013

Ezra 3:10-13
THE YOUNG MEN SHOUTED WHILE THE OLD MEN WEPT, Lesson 1c

Hag. 2:1-9 THE GLORY OF THE PROMISE

As I said, after 15 years, the work on the temple still had not been completed. God raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to preach to the people. God used these men to stir up the people of Israel to get busy and to get the work done, (Ezra 5:1-2; 6:14-15).

Now, this was a difficult time for both the old people and for the young people. Remember the old people were sad because things were not like they used to be. The young people were being discouraged by the attitude of the old people. In the midst of this turmoil, God used the message of Haggai to bring hope and encouragement to all the people of Israel.

His message still gives hope to us in this day as well. We live in a day when many are discouraged and wonder about the relevance of the church in this modern world. Others wonder what the future holds for the house of God. I think Haggai has some words of comfort for all our hearts today.

v. 4 The Promise Of His Presence – God says, “This temple may not be a great as the first one, but I am still here with you.” Friends, we have the same promise today. Things may not be like they used to be, but the same God Who moved then is still with His people, (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20; Matt. 18:20). Praise God He still shows up always!

v. 5 The Promise Of His Peace – God encourages them to “fear not.” He is still with them and His peace will keep them as they serve Him. Thank God, in the midst of our trials and afflictions; in the midst of our labors and activities; in the midst of our feeble attempts to serve the Lord of glory, we have His presence and His peace to sustain us, (John 14:27; Phil. 4:7).

v. 6 The Promise Of His Power – God reminds them that He is still in control, regardless of how things may look. Praise God that is still true today! It looks like evil in this world is out of control. It looks like Satan and his will are having their day. But, I would just remind you that we serve a God, Who is still on the throne! He still has all the power, (Matt. 28:18). In His time, He will demonstrate His power and His sovereignty over sin, Satan and the world.

v. 8 The Promise Of His Provisions – Some were concerned about the expense of the project. Others were concerned that the new temple lacked the gold and the glitz of the first temple. God just reminds them that He has all they need! Friends, He still does, (Phil. 4:19). Don’t despair that the mega-churches, with their contemporary music, fleshly worship and lack of doctrine seem to be flourishing. God has not forsaken us! He knows what we need in these days and He will protect the remnant and provide all that we need in His Own time and in His Own way!

v. 7, 9 The Promise Of His Potential – These verses tell of a day when the “desire of all nations” would come. They tell of a day when “the glory of this latter house will be greater than the former.” He is referring to the coming of Jesus. Years later, this new temple was remodeled by Herod, and into that newly remodeled temple walked the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The Lord came to that temple and fulfilled the words of Haggai. You see, He came to Solomon’s temple in the glory cloud, but He walked into this temple in the flesh! What does that mean for us? Well, we can look back with envy on the days when God moved in the great revivals of yesterday. We can long for the old days, but the fact remains that we have a privilege that they did not enjoy. You see, Jesus did not come back then to get His church, but He just might come in our day! So as bad as things may look to us from time to time, let us remember that our Savior could come for His church at any time, (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:16-18). If you ask me, that is something to get excited about!

Conc: Friends, you can live your life looking back. You can live your life longing for what you think others have. Or you can seize the opportunities God is giving you in these days, do a work for Him and watch Him move in power. In that day, the young men shouted while the old men wept. In our day, may we all recognize the fact that God is looking for a people who will seize the day for His glory! I can’t go back to yesterday. I can’t embrace everything that is being done in the name of religion. But, I can seize the opportunities I have been given today to glorify my God.

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 6:17 (New King James Version (NKJV)
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Sweet, Sweet Spirit” By: Doris Akers (1962)

There's a sweet sweet spirit in this place
And I know that it's the spirit of the Lord

There are sweet expressions on each face
And I know that it's the presence of the Lord

Sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet Heavenly Dove
Stay right here with us
Filling us with your love

And for these blessings
We lift our hearts in praise (hearts in praise)
Without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived
When we shall leave this place

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Majesty, God of Encouragement!
We praise You and Worship You with humble spirits and grateful hearts, for you are our God, a loving and awesome God. You have poured out Your love, grace and mercy on us, and we lift up our hearts, minds and souls to You. Your love is unfailing: Your grace is more than sufficient; and Your mercy is everlasting. Put a new love in our hearts, revive that love for Jesus, and make that love live for Your glory. We give all our relationships to You and thank You for them. Enable us to love everyone the way You love us. These things we ask in the precious name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/7/2013 6:21PM

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WENDYW596 7/7/2013 6:19PM

    Wonderful Promises, thank you. I need to print this off and re-read. I feel in my Spirit that we are going to need to stand on those promises a lot in the future......... God Bless..

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AZMOMXTWO 7/7/2013 4:40PM

  thank you and god bless you

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CANDOIT54 7/7/2013 11:54AM

    Thank you Vic. God Bless you- hope you have a wonderful day.

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FLYER99 7/7/2013 10:55AM

    I love the words of comfort.
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PATRICIAAK 7/7/2013 8:13AM

    Amen

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SANDRALEET 7/7/2013 7:55AM

    After the punishment God helps They had to repent of there sins and change there ways Are we doing that.Still infighting complaining seeing others sin not our own think we can control the world better then God Think we are better then we are We are all sinners and need God to work with us That is how we will build our temple the church the people of God,

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NELLIEH1 7/7/2013 7:40AM

    Amen! Haggai 2:6-7 "For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake and make tremble the [starry] heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land;
And I will shake all nations and the desire and the precious thing of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the Lord of hosts." The Desire and Precious One, the Splendor of all nations is indeed our Lord Jesus Christ. GOD will shake everything mightily again, no doubt; He says so! But we, as believers into our Saviour, are GOD's temple now. We do not need buildings of human hands to remind us of His glory. He shines the light of His love and glory into our hearts in the face of Christ Jesus forever. To Him, to GOD alne be the glory!! Amen!


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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
7/6
Young people may have no frame of reference concerning the old days, but they can get excited about what God was doing in their day. Friend’s it is easy to err on either side of this thing. Some people are so caught up in the past that they cannot get excited about what God is doing in the present! Still, there are others who are so willing to embrace the newest trends and methods that they forget about what God did and how He worked yesterday. The bottom line is this: The past is gone forever and we live in the present. We need to look back and glean what we can from days gone by, but we have to live in the here and now! Does that mean we have to change to fit in with the times? Does that mean that we need a new Bible? Does that mean that we need to scrap our hymnals in favor of praise choruses? Does that mean that we need to replace preaching with “worship dramas?” Does that mean that we must lower our standards to accommodate the world? Does that mean that we need to be more “seeker friendly” so we can attract the big crowds? The answer to all those questions is “NO!” 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. HAVE A BLESSED AND SAFE 4TH OF JULY! Vic.

  
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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/6/2013 3:43PM

    Thought provoking. Thank you!

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  thank you

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COOP9002 7/6/2013 11:56AM

    Well said.

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SONSHINESUE518 7/6/2013 11:32AM

   
Thank you, this was good for me to read today. You are a blessing!

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FLYER99 7/6/2013 11:00AM

    Thanks. Nice to remember this.
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SISSIE21 7/6/2013 10:02AM

    I agree, there is no point in looking backwards, live today, you never know if you have tomorrow. If you can go to bed at night knowing that you did the best you could and did no harm to anyone, then you are blessed emoticon .
Have a great weekend !

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SANDRALEET 7/6/2013 9:25AM

    We each have to fallow the directions God gave we each are to love and worship God We can tell others put can only save yourself As it was Gods plan So is it now As the ward was in the beginning so its now.

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FRANCESLUCAS 7/6/2013 8:00AM

    Amen! Good word! Thank you!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 7/6/2013

Saturday, July 06, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 7/6/2013

Ezra 3:10-13
THE YOUNG MEN SHOUTED WHILE THE OLD MEN WEPT, Lesson 1b

v. 11 THE GIFTS OF THE PRESENT

What They Remembered – In that number were, even more people who did not remember the first temple. They had no idea of what it had looked like or of the glory that had been in it. All they remember was a life of captivity and bondage in a foreign land. No doubt many of these people had been born during the time of Israel’s captivity and all they could remember was their slavery. But, they also remembered how God in His power had delivered them from that bondage. They could not remember that first temple, but they were thankful for what they had!

What They Realized – These young people could not remember the old days, but they could see that a new day of opportunity had dawned for them and they embraced it wholeheartedly! These young people had no frame of reference concerning the old days, but they were excited about what God was doing in their day.

Friend’s it is easy to err on either side of this thing. Some people are so caught up in the past that they cannot get excited about what God is doing in the present! Still, there are others who are so willing to embrace the newest trends and methods that they forget about what God did and how He worked yesterday.

The bottom line is this: The past is gone forever and we live in the present. We need to look back and glean what we can from days gone by, but we have to live in the here and now!

Does that mean we have to change to fit in with the times? Does that mean that we need a new Bible? Does that mean that we need to scrap our hymnals in favor of praise choruses? Does that mean that we need to replace preaching with “worship dramas?” Does that mean that we must lower our standards to accommodate the world? Does that mean that we need to be more “seeker friendly” so we can attract the big crowds? The answer to all those questions is “NO!”

What it does mean is that we need to look at how and where God is working today and be thankful for the opportunities He is giving us in these days. You see, we can become trapped in the past and totally miss what God is doing today. Or, we can get so caught up in all the modern trends and methods that we fail to realize that God does not change! What He was doing in our great-grandfather’s day, He is still doing today! How God saved souls then is still how He saves them today! Society has changed, the church has changed, the world has changed, but God cannot and will not change, (Heb. 13:8; Mal. 3:6; James 1:17).

Here was the problem with both of these viewpoints. They both squandered the opportunities God gave them! You see, they laid the foundation for the temple, but the work was halted. For 15 years, they went about their lives, built their own houses and did what they wanted to do. For 15 years the house of the Lord stayed unfinished, (Hag. 1:1-5; 12-15). All those who were looking back fondly, failed to move forward in the things of God. All those who had been so excited about what God was doing in their day also failed to carry it out to completion!

Do you see what I am trying to get across? We can sit here looking back to the past, longing for the old days, dreaming of the way things were, and get absolutely nothing done for the glory of God. We can become all caught up in the latest movie, book or trend and fail to do anything for the Lord. Either one is a shame; a waste of time and either one misses the whole point of our existence!

We are not here to look back. We are not here to jump on the latest bandwagon. We are here to join God in what He is doing in these days for His glory, (John 5:19-20). What they should have done was to put their backs to the work at hand, rebuild that temple and get about the business of serving the Lord. Instead, they were all sidetracked by their own little agendas.

God help us to do what we have been called to do! I cannot go back a hundred or two hundred years to the times of great revival in the church and live then. Neither can I, nor will I, embrace everything that is being promoted in this modern age. Here is what I can do: I can bow before the Lord, commit my life to Him, ask Him to show me what He wants me to do, and get busy doing His will today. May we be careful to use the opportunities we have been given for the glory of the Lord, while we still have time to do so, (John 9:4).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 40:18 (New King James Version (NKJV)
18 To whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare to Him?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Have Decided To Follow Jesus” By: Unknown (Folk Melody) (1992)

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back.
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, God Most Holy!
Lead us to see the purpose in the gifts You have put in us as we live our lives daily to Your glory. Reveal to us the gifts and talents You have given us so others may see You living and guiding us. Where the gift You have given us do not line up with the gifts we have, or we are misusing them, help us to submit to Your control. Enable us to use Your gifts in a meaningful way to Your praise, glory and honor. Remove all insecurities and lack of faith from within us, and rule over our use of those gifts. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! These things we pray in Jesus Blessed name. Amen!

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MICKEYH 7/7/2013 12:04AM

    Thank you for this affirmation of past is gone and we should move forwards on our new life. You are so right about it. I shall move forwards.

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    Vic, as always:
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WENDYW596 7/6/2013 8:35AM

    I do love to see how God is working in lives today, and am part of a small group of women who meet weekly. I have seen deeper commitments in all of us, and a better understanding of God's heart and His plans for our lives. I esp liked the thought below that you stated.....

"We are not here to look back. We are not here to jump on the latest bandwagon. We are here to join God in what He is doing in these days for His glory"

But I do pray for greater discernment and knowledge so as to recognize false teaching.



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NELLIEH1 7/6/2013 7:58AM

    "The bottom line is this: The past is gone forever and we live in the present. We need to look back and glean what we can from days gone by, but we have to live in the here and now! ...We are not here to look back. We are not here to jump on the latest bandwagon. We are here to join God in what He is doing in these days for His glory," (John 5:19-20). Amen, Vic! To our GOD be all the glory!!

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SANDRALEET 7/6/2013 7:04AM

    The past we look at with longing and think we were way better then we were .Our feature is mixed up with the way of the world like then and not much gets done If we were anywhere as perfect as we think we were we would have treated every one as our self God is slow as then to punish put he dose.The mess we have we made

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Friday, July 05, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
7/5
The laying of the foundation for the new temple, for many of the Jews present that day, was a time of great joy. The Bible says they “shouted aloud for joy,”. But, others who were there that day could not shout about what they were seeing. Instead, the Bible says, they “wept with a loud voice.” Why is it, that one group is so excited and is praising the Lord, while the other group is sad and weeping? I believe the Bible holds the answer to that question. I also believe that by answering that question, we will also uncover some very valuable truths for our church today. God has something here for us, in this passage, if we are willing to receive it today. 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. HAVE A BLESSED AND SAFE 4TH OF JULY! Vic.

  
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    thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you Vic for revealing this message.

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FLYER99 7/5/2013 10:32AM

    Thanks, Vic, and I hope you enjoyed your July 4th.

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    Thank you Vic.

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    Not everyone who believe lives like God wants No love in there hearts Not sheep,

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