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A Monday Morning Prayer and Message!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Goooooooooooooood Morning Spark Members! We have a light rain this morning which turnned into a good downpour....Thank God!

PRAYER: " Holy Father, Eternal God! We thank you for every member of Spark People. We are in deed the most blessed people on the face of this earth. We prayed to You to make us new, and you gave us the privilege to be born again. We prayed to You for a habitation, and You established a kingdom for us and gave us the right to be citizens of that kingdom. We prayed to You to allow us to be close to you, and You gave us Jesus, God with us. We prayed to You to make us instruments of your peace, and You gave us a peace that passes all understanding. We prayed to you for purer hearts, and You not only gave us your Word and Spirit, but also the blood of Christ to wash away all our sins. We are in deed the most blessed people in this world, and for these blessings we thank You. This we pray In Jesus' glorious name, Amen!"

MESSAGE: What else is uncertain?
1. James 4:13-15 - As we continue our study from Friday, we learn that a fool thinks he knows something that he doesn't really know; and he presumes he has the resources to control his destiny, when he doesn't.
a. Only a fool would say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this place, buy and sell and make a profit".
b. How can we say such a thing when we do not know what tomorrow will bring?
c. Our life is a vapor for a little while and then it vanishes.
d. Prov 27:1 says, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring".
e. What we ought to say is, "If the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that">
2. What do you think about this? James 4:16-17 - " Rejoicing in your boasting is evil. To him who knows to do good, and does it not, it is sin".
a. Are you certain you will be alive tomorrow? Let's hope so, but we do not know for sure.
b. Are you counting and planning something for tomorrow without God's help? We hope not!

May God grants us the love and knowledge to know the difference between the fool's way and the Godly way. In His Love, Vic.

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KANSASCHICA 1/27/2011 10:39PM

    Thanks and please keep up your daily posts!!!

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KVILLARS 1/24/2011 11:55AM

    I agree with Patty267. Your blogs are very encouraging.

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PATTY267 1/24/2011 10:27AM

    It's easy to get discouraged when there's a large amount of weight to be lost and it's always nice when there are friends or family to give encouragement, which, unfortunately, isn't always the case. I love the scripture, "David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." When no one is around to give "attaboys" for a job well done, you have to sometime find ways to keep yourself encouraged. I find that "the joy of the Lord is my strength." Thank you for your daily blog ... now that I've found it, it's a place I can come and visit for additional encouragement and I find solace in reading your prayers as you lift your SparkPeople friends before the throne of grace. Again, thank you and may God richly bless you as you continue your walk with Him.

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A Sunday Morning Spiritual Hymn!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hi SP Members! As we worship God today, let's sing hymns of praise to Him...and give Him the glory!

Hymn Title: Be Still, My Soul

1. Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; Leave to thy God to order and provide; In ev'ry change He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heav'n-ly Friend thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake to guide the future as He has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul, the waves and wind still know His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on When we shall be forever with the Lord; When disappointment, grief and fear are gone; Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored. Be still, my soul, when change and tears are past, all safe and blessed, we shall meet at last.

Words: Katherine von Schlegel
Music: Jean Sibelius

May God Bless Eberyone Today! In His Love, Vic.

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MTP717 1/23/2011 4:17PM

  Very beautiful and timely. Thanks for sharing.

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CATLADYX8 1/23/2011 1:00PM

    Jeff Fenholt sings this hymn. It's beautiful. thanks.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/23/2011 9:15AM

    Just sang the whole song and was SO, SO BLESSED! Thank you for posting it! {{{{God's richest blessings}}}}}

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NEENSTER1 1/23/2011 8:41AM

    emoticon for sharing. emoticon All Glory to His Name. Have a blessed Day. emoticon

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1THING 1/23/2011 8:40AM


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A Saturday Morning Spiritual Hymn!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hi SP MEMBERS! Without a song or hymn, the day would never end, and even begin! This morning hymn is: THE WAY OF THE CROSS

1. I must needs go home by the way of the cross, There's no other way but this;
I shall ne'er get sight of the Gates of Light, If the way of the cross I miss.

2. I must needs go on in the blood-sprinkled way, The path that the Savior trod;
If I ever climb to the heights sublime, Where the soul is at home with God.

3. Then I bid farewell to the way of the world, To walk in it never more,
For my Lord says, "Come," and I seek my home, Where He waits at the open door.

The way of the cross leads home, The way of the cross leads home; It is sweet to know as I onward go, The way of the cross leads home.

Words by: Jessie Brown Pounds (1906)
Music by: Charles H. Gabriel (1906)

May God bless each of you today by showing you the way home. In His Love, Vic.

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CATLADYX8 1/22/2011 4:25PM

    Thanks for making all my days a little better. Beautiful hymn.

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SUMMERSMILES1 1/22/2011 3:56PM

    Nice song.

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NELLIEC 1/22/2011 3:19PM

    I have sung this song.

I was thinking about the words "the blood-sprinkled way." That certainly wasn't easy for Jesus, and if our way is too easy, we better watch out!

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BERRIMOUSE 1/22/2011 10:54AM

    Thanks for helping me start the day right. Believe it or not I know this hymn. emoticon

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A Friday Morning Prayer and Message!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Aloha SP Members! It's been a wonderful week! Thank You Lord!

PRAYER: "Merciful Father, Almight God! We thank You for Jesus! He paid the price for our sins, a debt we can never repay. Because of Him, we have been reconciled to You our God, so we can spend eternity with You. Help us to extend to others the love and forgiveness You have given us. Teach us ways we can showYou our gratitude for all You have done. Cleanse us from all our sinful ways and guide us in the way of salvation and righteousness. This we pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!"

MESSAGE: Will we be doing now the things we would be doing when Jesus returns?
1. 1 Thes 5:1-6 - Answers the question, "When will Jesus Return?"
a. We know the signs of seasons and time, but the time Jesus will return," the day of the Lord" will come as a thief in the night (unexpectedly).
b. Many will be caught doing acts that are contrary to what we should be doing.
c. How should we be acting?
1. As children of light and of Day, so we do not have to face the wrath of God, but will be saved.
2. Not as children of night and of darkness who will have to face the wrath of God and be lost forever.
d. Let us watch and be sober (self-control) in doing what we have been taught and commanded to do.
2. What do you think about this? Will we hear Jesus say when he returns, "And why call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say"? (Luke 6:46) To Be Continued!
May heaven help us to get right with God today and not wait until tomorrow.
In His Love, Vic.

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NEENSTER1 1/23/2011 8:46AM

    Please, In the Name of Jesus. Today is the day. Amen!!

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PHYL220 1/21/2011 7:21PM

    Amen emoticon

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BLACKHAWK09 1/21/2011 5:54PM

  Thank you for your daily blogs! Each one speaks directly to ME. Today, I've made a renewed commitment to self-control and restraint in those things that are not glorifying to The Lord - especially consumption of alcohol and 'bad' food.

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NELLIEC 1/21/2011 1:50PM

    Self-control is one of those things we have to keep working on. I know that I am more self-controlled than a number of years ago. It comes down to daily asking God to control me!

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A Thursday Morning Prayer and Message!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Greetings SP Members, from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit! Give God all the praise and glory and honor He deserves!

PRAYER: "Holy Father, Eternal God! Help us never to be careless about Your ways or Your Word. Enable us to not allow anything that has to do with my worship and service to you to become lifeless or just a ritual that has no depth of meaning, no purpose, no sincerity, no love. Keep the discipline of prayer, praise, studying your Word, and living your Word, fresh and alive within our hearts so that we will always have the passionate hunger and living thirst to be in your presence and in your care. This we pray and ask in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: Do we sincerely act for the well-being of others, or do we act in our own interest?
1. 1 Cor 13:1-8 - Reveals the way of true love:
a. Let us love others as Christ loved us, for our well-being, not his. He died for us.
b. It's possible to have faith, and yet not loved. We are nothing without love.
c. What good is our actions for others if it is not motivated by love. It profit us nothing.
d. What are the qualities of love:
1. It suffers long.
2. It is kind.
3. It envies not.
4. it does not brag.
5. It is not arrogant.
6. It does not behave itself unseemly.
7. It seeks not it's own interest.
8. It is not easily provoked.
9. It thinks no evil.
10. It rejoices not in inquity but in God's truth.
11. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.
12. It never fails.
2. What do you think about this? What does your love say about you? To Be Continued!
May the love of God show us how to overcome our human weaknesses.

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NELLIEC 1/20/2011 3:46PM

    While we may think we are loving, when we check out our quality of loving against that list, we may find we need to work on something -- or maybe a lot of things!

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FAITHJAMES 1/20/2011 9:57AM

  Thanks for prayer and the reminder that life is about helping other not being self-serving. Amen. Be blessed.

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