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A Tuesday Morning Prayer and Message!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Greetings Spark Members! Thank you for all your responses and comments on the prayers and messages. Praise God!

PRAYER: "Loving Father, Awesome God! We're part of the family that's been born again...Your Family! Part of the family whose love knows no end; For Jesus has saved us , and made us his own; Now we're part of the family that's on its way home. And sometimes we laugh together, sometimes we cry; sometimes we share together heartaches and sighs; sometimes we dream together, of how it should be, When we all get to heaven, God's Family! Help us through the thorns and thistles of this life; help us to be free from those things which so easily ensnare us; Help us to get through the valleys of life; and help us to grow in your love and obedience to You. This we ask and pray in the precious name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE" Who else should we respect?
1. Eph 6:1-3 - "Children obey your parents". Why?
a. God has given them authority over them.
b. It is right!
c. It is the first commandment with a promise:
d. "That it may be well with us, and we may live long on earth".
2. Rom 2:30-32 - Lists "disobedient to parents" among the list of acts which we consider terrible.
3. Col 3:20 - Teaches children to obey their parents in all things. Why?
a. For this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
4. Are we not all children in God's Family? So this applies to us also!
5. What do you think? Are you setting the right example for your children?
To Be Continued! May God give us all Christian homes! In His Love, Vic.

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PHYL220 1/4/2011 9:50PM

    Amen. emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 1/4/2011 12:35PM

    Thank you Sweetie for your teaching today,but my thoughts are these, children can always listen to their parents, but they won't always obey what they've listened to.

I'd have to say obey, unless, their parents are teaching them things that is not according to God's law. There are so many exceptions, but to the general public, I'd have to say obey.

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KLC1925 1/4/2011 10:38AM

    Thank you for that message!

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A Monday Morning Prayer and Mesage!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Goooooooooooooooooood Morning SparkPeople! How blessed we are! Let's thank God and give Him all the glory.

PRAYER: " Eternal Father, Loving God, we are indeed grateful for the New year, 2011, and for everyday you give us this year. Help us to make better choices in every area of our lives in 2011, then we did in 2010. Make us new each day, dear Lord, make us new. For in so many ways we are not enough like you. Take this weary vessel we are in and mold us once again. Take our life and take our spirit, make us new, make us new to Your Glory and Honor. This we pray this morning in the precious name of Jesus or Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: To Whom Are We Commanded To Submit?
1. Acts 5:29 - Teaches us we ought to obey God rather than man. Yet, God has ordained certain people and given them authority over us. We must obey these authorities unless they command us to sin. Who are these people?
a. Rom 13:1-7 - says, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (those who govern over us)." Why? Because "higher powers" are established by God.
1. They are held accountable By God for the way in which they govern.
2. They are not a terror to good works, but to evil.
3. They are to minister the wrath of God to those who do evil.
4. Let us therefore render tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom is due; fear unto whom fear is due; honor unto whom honor is due.
b. But let us be aware of the dangers involved between politics and religion.
1. Politics is a system of compromise which often leads to corruption.
2. Politics often spill into religion and corrupts it.
3. Religion is a system of steadfastness, directing us to stand, to be unmovable, yet flexible enough to bend while standing firm.
2. What do you think about that? How steadfast are you? To be Continued!
May our loving God open up our hearts and minds to the dangers around us as we strive daily to serve and live for Jesus our Lord. In His Love, Vic.

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SUMMERSMILES1 1/3/2011 4:06PM

    I like this. Sometimes when things get busy, I don't think I'm as steadfast as I should be. emoticon

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DDEZINE 1/3/2011 11:25AM

    It is a daily choice, sometimes struggle to make the right decisions. I pray daily for focus and strength. emoticon

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PHYL220 1/3/2011 11:00AM

    Amen. emoticon

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2011, Making Better Choices!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

We know that using a Low Glysemic Index Chart to plan our meals is a better choice in healthy eating. But what about portions? Here is a simple rule we can follow: When we serve the food on our plate and we look at it from a top view, what should we see?
1. 60% of the plate is filled with Veggies and fruit; 40% is filled with either protein or starch, but not both. This portion is GOOD! OR!
2. 70% of the plate is filled with veggies and fruit; 30% is filled with either protein or starch, but not both. This portion is BETTER! OR!
3. 80% of the plate is filled with veggies and fruit; 20% is filled with either protein or strach, but not both. This portion is BEST!

What do YOU think? What choice will you make? God Bless, Vic.

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PLAYBLUES22 1/1/2011 1:58PM

    Sweetie, you will do very well emoticon

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GMFAY33 1/1/2011 10:46AM

    My plan is to start with the 60 to 70%. It should not be too difficult for me for lunch and supper. I 'm not sure what I will be eating for breakfast though.
(Recent blood work showed my blood proteins to be a bit low --- and I do like my grains. Physician thought that I was going low protein to lose weight. Not true.
( Decisions, decisions, decisions)

Fay from PA emoticon
And I know ice cream is none of the above foods allowed. emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/1/2011 11:03:51 AM

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/1/2011 10:32AM

    Better choices is definately something I plan to do in the New Year. Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

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GROEDER 1/1/2011 10:06AM

    Sounds pretty good, Vic. I have read, though, that we need a small amount of the "good" fats. I don't seem to have any trouble getting some fat in my diet!! HAHA
I really like the 80% veggies and fruit. I have been trying new ones lately and have found some I really like.
Thanks for the blog and my best to you.

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SCHECK5 1/1/2011 9:29AM

    I'm so with you on the better choices!!! Best of Luck!!

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A Saturday Morning Hymn and Message!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR SPARKPEOPLE! Let's show our gratitude by PRAISING GOD who has given us today, a new day, a new year, in which to make better choices. Amen!

HYMN TITLE: Instruments of Your Peace

Lord, make us instruments of Your peace, Where there is hatred let Your love increase, Lord make us instruments of Your peace, Walls of pride and prejudice shall cease, When we are Your instruments of peace.

1. Where there is hatred we will sow His love, Where there is injury we will never judge, Where there is striving we will speak His peace, To the people crying for release, We will be His instruments of peace.


2. Where there is blindness we will pray for sight, Where there is darkness we will shine His light, Where there is sadness we will bear their grief, To the millions crying for release, We will be His instruments of peace.


"Father, whatever this new year may bring, help us to remember day by day as we strive to serve others and share the Gospel of our Lord with them, that we are being renewed daily, each step of the way by our Loving Lord. We thank You and praise You in Jesus' name, Amen!"

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let's make it a GOOD ONE! In His Love, Vic.

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ABETTERSOUL 1/1/2011 10:55AM

    Amen brother.

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GROEDER 1/1/2011 10:10AM

    Great message in the hymn. I really appreciate reading your blogs. They always help me stay focused on what God wants to do with me.

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EDITOR 1/1/2011 9:24AM

    We make it a good one by knowing the Good One. I love your posts. God bless us this New Year as we bless Him!

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A Friday Morning Prayer and Message!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Spark Members! In the closing hours of 2010, I want to thank each of youwho have responded and commented to the prayers, messages, and hymns. Happy New Year and give God all the glory!

PRAYER: Loving Father, Gracious God, whose love is poured out on us daily, along with your grace and your mercy. Thank You for being our God, for caring for us, for watching over us, for providing our needs, for protecting us daily, but most of all we thank You for Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord and Savior, who made all these things possible for us. Jesus is our Most Famous Person of All Times. He is the One who is our Champion and Hero, for the day is coming when all knees shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord of All. We wait and welcome His Second Coming with tremendous joy, even as we wait for the coming of the New Year. May others come to know Him personally for who He was, who He is, and who he will be, our Redeemer, Savior and King. This we pray and ask in the name of Jesus our Savior and Master, Amen!"

MESSAGE: How Shall We Prepare For The War That Takes Place Daily in our Life?
1. Eph 6:10-20 - Teaches us to prepare for this war by putting on the whole Armor of God.
a. In order to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (vs 10), put on the WHOLE ARMOR of GOD (vs 11). Why?
1. So we may able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil (vs 11).
2. So we can wrestle, not against flesh and blood (humanity), but against principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness in this world, and against spirital wickessness in high places (vs 12).
3. So we may be able to withstand the evil day (vs 13).
b. What is the whole Armor of God?
1. Vs 14 - Girt your loins with God's truth.
2. Vs 14 - Wear the breastplate of God's righteouness.
3. Vs 15 - Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of God's peace.
4. Vs 16 - Take the shield of Faith in God, which is able to quench all the firy darts of the wicked.
5. Vs 17 - Take the Helmet of God's salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
6. Vs 18 - Pray always and watch with perseverance and supplication for All the saints, and for me that I may open my mouth bodily and make known the mystery of the Gospel (vs 19). Why?
7. Vs 20 - Because I am an Ambassador and Soldier of Christ.
2. What do you think? Are you a soldier of Christ? Have you prepared yourself totally to war against all evil? To not wear the Whole Armor of God is to make ourself vulnerable to evil forces? Will you be able to stand and withstand evil in the coming year? Or will you be a causulty of war?

May God's love, grace, mercy and whole armor be our daily quest, now and forever more! In His Love, Vic.

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NELLIEC 12/31/2010 3:16PM

    I remember that when my kids were young they wanted some play armor to put on the Armor of God. Well, nowadays they do have that. But the real thing is so much better!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 12/31/2010 1:28PM

    Thank you for your blogs. They are always thought provoking and helpful!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/31/2010 11:22AM

    Thank you for posting this. My your New Year be truly Blessed

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GROEDER 12/31/2010 10:32AM

    Thank you for all your prayers, messages, and support!!!!
Have a wonderful New Year and may God bless you in every way.

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