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A Tuesday Prayer and Message!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hi Everyone! Great is our gladness and rich is our reward when we make our life's purpose the choice of the Lord. Praise His Mighty name!

PRAYER: "Most Holy Father, Loving God! Help us not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Teach us to become servants in the world. Help us to make choices that require faith and courage. Enable us to keep from being overwhelmed by temptation and the evil one. Let us serve, but in serving, let it be our God whom we serve, and not the world nor ourselves. In serving, may we prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of our God. This we pray in Jesus' glorious name, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, THE GREAT SOUL WINNER!
1. John shows us now thAt Jesus and the woman TALKED OF WISDOM ( John 4:25-26).
a. Like the woman, we need a heart of openness to the words of Jesus.
1. We need to be concerned about our salvation.
2. We need to know the things of God.
b. Jesus reveals to the woman that He is the Christ!
1. His objective is to do the same for every sinner.
2. He doesn't come as a judge to condemn us; the judgment will come later.
3. He comes as a Savior to save us from eternal death and destruction.
4. He comes as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the ONLY way of salvation (John 14:6).
5. Grasping this truth is the purest form of wisdom.

2. PICTURE THIS! Jesus gave the woman all that she needed to make a decision about her salvation. He does the same for you and me. His message of salvation (the Gospel) is not a mystery. His words are clear and understandable. We all need His salvation. Is your heart openned to His words and message? Are you concern with the things of God? Or, are you caught up in the world? To be continued Wednesday.

The secret of a happy life is to sow the word of God in our hearts so we may reap the blessings and gift of eternal life. In His Wisdom, Vic.

  
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NEENSTER1 8/24/2011 10:35AM

    emoticon Help us Lord to surrender all to you. emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 8/23/2011 5:59PM

    Thanks. I needed that.

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A Monday Prayer and Message!

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Happy Monday To Everyone! Prayers can't be answered unless they are prayed. Give God all the glory!

PRAYER: "Our Heavenly Father, God of heaven and earth. In so many ways we are not sincere when we pray. Perhaps that is why so many of our prayers go unanswered. Help us to be honest with You when we pray; help us to be careful for what we pray. Whatever is wrong in our life today, we'll find the solution if we keel down and pray earnestly: not just for pleasure, enjoyment and health, not just for honors, prestige and wealth; but for a purpose to make life worth living, and the joy of unselfish giving. This we pray and ask in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS,THE GREAT SOUL WINNER!
1. John has shown us that Jesus and the woman Talked of Wells (John 4:9-12), they Talked of Water (John 3:13-15), they Talked of Wickedness (John 4:16-19), and now John shows us a portrait where they TALKED OF WORSHIP (John 4:20-24).
a. The woman tries to start an argument about the place of worship (Vs 20).
b. Jesus ignors her statement and tells her that true worship is not found in eternal rituals and substitute Gods (Vs 21).
c. True worship is spirtual in design (Vs 22).
1. True worship comes from Jesus' indwelling Spirit.
2. Worship is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude to God, for our salvation, for His love, grace, mercy, goodness, kindness, and blessings.
3. True worship is honoring a GREAT GOD in spirit and in truth (Vs 24).
d. John gives us four descriptions of God:
1. God is Life (John 1:4).
2. God is Light (John 1:4).
3. God is Spirit (John 4:24).
4. God is Love ( 1 John 4:8).

2. PICTURE THIS! Millions (perhaps billions) give themselves to external forms of worship. External forms of worship are not acceptable to God. Worship is a state of heart that exalts a GREAT GOD! True worship requires two things: 1. The indwelling Spirit of Jesus, and 2. Our willingness to give Him all the glory. How do you worship God? Is your worship equal to your sincerity in prayer? To be continued Tuesday.

May our worship make us feel beautiful and special as God has created us.
In His Spirit, Vic.

  
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ROLLINGREEVES 8/23/2011 8:32AM

    Amen

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BONBON561 8/22/2011 2:37PM

    What does God require of us but to do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with you God. micah6 :8b

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A Saturday Spiritual Hymn!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Goooooood Morning Everyone! Today's hymn is not too old. It has two verses and a refrain, and it's a beautiful hymn about the Savior's sacrifice. The words and music were created by Dottie Rambo in 1969. The inspiration for this hymn came from 1 John 4:10-12, "....not that we loved God, but that He loves us".

TITLE: If That Isn't Love

1. He left the splendor of heaven, Knowing His destiny,
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha, There to lay down His life for me.
REFRAIN:

2. Even in death He remembered, The thieft hanging by His side,
He spoke with love and compassion, Then He took him to paradise.
REFRAIN:

REFRAIN:
If that isn't love, the ocean is dry,
There's no stars in the sky, and the sparrow can't fly;
If that's isn't love, then heaven's a myth,
There's no feeling like this, If that isn't love.

Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND! God Bless Everyone, Vic.

  
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BONBON561 8/21/2011 3:19PM

    I haven't either but I like what it says

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WANTSZU 8/20/2011 3:38PM

    Thanks for sharing this hymn. I have never heard this one before.

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PANSYLADY2 8/20/2011 11:47AM

    Thank you! I love meditation on the love that Christ has for ME! So awesome.

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NEENSTER1 8/20/2011 10:33AM

    emoticon Jesus for Loving Me unconditionally in spite of myself... emoticon

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A Friday Prayer and Message!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Greetings of Grace To Everyone! YEP! It's Friday again. Give God the glory!

PRAYER: "Holy Father, Loving God! Help our perspective in life. Help us to see things with the right view, with a positive attitude, because nothing is too difficult nor impossible for You our God. We know that anywhere with Jesus, we can safely go; anywhere in this world below or in the world to come. Enable us to focus our God-given opportunities and not to worry about our human failures. Human failures are inevitable and are a learning and growing experience in life. Teach us to trust You always. This we pray in the beloved name of Jesus, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, THE GREAT SOUL WINNER!
1. Not only did Jesus and the woman TALKED of WELLS, they TALKED OF WICKEDNESS (John 4:16-19).
a. Jesus, in an effort to awaken her spiritual need, touches plainly on what must had been the sorest spot in the woman's life (Vs 16).
b. He pointed out her sinfulness (Vs 17-18).
1. Her sinful life had made her a social outcast.
2. Her sinful life had also made her a spiritual outcast.
c. Coming to Jesus for salvation will never occur until we are first awakened to our own spiritual need for salvation.
d. Was Jesus able to get the woman's attention? (Read Vs 19).

2. PICTURE THIS! Until sinners know they are lost, they will never desire to be found. Conviction is vital to salvation (John 6:44 and 65). Jesus is not afraid of revealing our sins as we are of having them revealed. Jesus will do whatever He has to do in order to bring us to repentance. The woman recognized that Jesus was special. Can you? Do you desire to be found? Are you aware that you are sinful and lost without Jesus? To be continued Monday.

May God look kindly on us who love Him, and may He bestow on us special blessings as we join out hearts in Jesus.
In His Teachings, Vic.

  
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KIWINURSE 8/20/2011 6:22PM

    Amen!

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BONBON561 8/19/2011 2:53PM

    Jesus loves me so much that he went to hell to get me rather then go to heaven without me.

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COOP9002 8/19/2011 11:29AM

    Thankful that this sinner was found.

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ABETTERSOUL 8/19/2011 10:26AM

    Good conclusion bro. Vic. Have a great,blessed weekend.

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ROLLINGREEVES 8/19/2011 10:12AM

    amen

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A Thursday Prayer and Message!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Greetings of Love To Everyone! Thank you for all your responses and comments. Give God the glory!

PRAYER: "Heavenly Father, Almighty God! Life is like a declining village where the "grinders cease" and the "windows grow dim". Some of us will die young with many unfulfilled plans and dreams. Some of us will live beyond our ability to act because of a stroke or a disease. Help us then to remember our Creator and Savior SOONER rather than LATER. Difficult days will come when we will not be able to act on what we know to be truth. You have given us TODAY to live and fulfill our plans and dreams. Help us to make the right decisions and to make the most of each day. Enable us to surrender to Jesus Christ as our Lord and King. This prayer we pray in His name, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, THE GREAT SOUL WINNER!
1. In the next portrait of Jesus, John paints for us the conversation of Jesus with the sinful woman (John 4:9-12).
a. Jesus is seen patiently leading this woman to salvation as they talk about several things.
b. They TALK of WELLS!
1. Apparently, Jesus had no means with which to draw water (Vs 11).
2. She responds with amazement that a Jew would ask for a drink from a woman, much less a Samaritan.
3. Jesus offers her a drink of "LIVING WATER".
4. Like many of us, she confuses the physical with that which is spitiual.
5. Salvation is explained in human terms by faith and obedience to God's Word, but it is a spiritual tranaction where the sinner comes into contact with the blood of Jesus, and two things happen (Rom 6:3-4):
a. Sins are washed away.
b. A new being is created.
6. At this point, the woman is not ready for salvation, and is a bit sarcastic.

2. PICTURE THIS! Jesus is not afraid of social stigmas, nor did He care for common religious practices, especially "INCLUSION or EXCLUSION". Jesus was willing to reach out to her in an effort to win her despite the personal cost to Himself. What a lesson for Christians! How long-reaching is your compassion and humanity? To be continued Friday.

May new friends await us wherever we roam, so we may share the blessings and Word of salvation in Jesus.

In His Teachings, Vic.

  
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JOHNWBROCKSR777 8/18/2011 8:30PM

    Yep!

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CRZYDIVAB 8/18/2011 9:14AM

    Amen! Brings to mind the song "Fill My Cup, Lord"

"Like the woman at the well, I was sinking
For thing that would not satisfy;
And then I heard my Savior speaking
Draw from my well that never shall run dry.

Fill my cup, Lord
I lift it up Lord
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven
Feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup
Fill it up and make me whole.

There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford;
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord"

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