Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Without Him


Do you know Him today?  Do not turn Him away!  The words of this old hymn run through my head from time to time.  And I think about how absolutely true it is.    Without Him, I wouldn't even be here!  Without Him I wouldn't be free!  Without Him I wouldn't be!


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



Jesus, O Jesus, Do you know Him today?
Do not turn Him away!
O Jesus, O Jesus, Without Him
How lost I would be


Without Him, I would be dying,
Without Him I’d be enslaved;
Without Him Life would be hopeless -
But with Jesus, Thank God I’m saved.

Jesus, O Jesus, Do you know Him today?
Do not turn Him away!
O Jesus, O Jesus, Without Him
How lost I would be

John 1:3  

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Birthday Blessings


Today I just want to take a moment to thank the Lord for all that He has given me.  Life, abundant and free, salvation and eternal life with Him, and my amazing family and friends.

If I spent every day for the rest of my life thanking the Lord for what He has given me and what He has made, it would never be enough.  If I spent every moment in praise, I could not come close.

All of my life should be laid out to Him, glory and honor and praise and thanks. 

Matt Redman's song, 10,000 Reasons, is a good beginning!

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

[Chorus}
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name





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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Best of What We Have Been Given

Last week we talked a little about the "Potluck" of a church body and how each member has different roles and responsibilities.  Today I just wanted to follow up with something I found in our Bible lesson that very day.

We'd been reading in I Samuel, and that day had discussed the story of David and Goliath.  One of the most well-known and best loved stories in the Bible, there are several different lessons contained within its verses.

38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.


There are several instances of symbolism in this story.  
Saul dresses David in his own armor, 
but David is not comfortable in it 
- he must go out to Goliath on his own terms - 
using his own strengths, and he cannot be someone he is not.  

A good lesson for us in this is that we are each called
 to use the best of what we have been given
 for the Lord - the Lord can't use us effectively 
when we are trying to be someone that we are not.  
Thus, David takes his shepherd's staff in hand 
and goes out to prepare himself for battle.  
Symbolically speaking, the newly appointed "shepherd" 
goes out to defend the "sheep", 
the people of Israel. 
                                                                                                  
                                        - Dorian Holt, A New World of Adventure, Day 139, Learning Adventures


  While I don't agree with any word choice that involved the Lord and "can't", I do agree that we are not effective tools for God if we are trying to be someone that we are not.  It is our responsibility to live as God has made us, using the strengths that He has given us for His glory.




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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Potluck


"Church should be like potluck, you share a little of what you've got, I'll share a little of what I've got, and we'll all learn and grow from each other."
                                                                     -Gary Cargill

A friend recently shared that thought with me when we were talking about church family and ministry. Sometimes we forget the importance of fellowship with others, and the love and support of our church family.  And sometimes, we forget that we are also that family and it is our responsibility to provide that love and support, as much as it is our blessing to receive it.


This morning I opened my Bible to do my daily reading, intending to look up scriptures to go with this post later, and the very first verse I read was Psalm 133:1 (KJV), which says "1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"


 Each of us has a different purpose within our church family, and we all serve different roles, roles which God has set for us.  Our job is to fulfill those responsibilities to the best of our ability, relying on God to lift us up and strengthen us, to carry us through, but also to lift up and strengthen each other, relying on our church family for strength and support.

The entire 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians is a phenomenal picture of a church family, and how it should function, that every member is an important part of the body and each has a role to play, but these key verses leapt out at me today.

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.








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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

From the Mouths of Babes - Wednesday in the Word - September 11, 2013


I want to share with you something that my ten year old wrote recently.  She wouldn't let me see it until it was tweaked to her satisfaction, and absolutely perfect, but when she had finished writing it, she wanted to share it with everyone who would sit still long enough to listen!

She actually approached her uncle about being able to do the devotional/Bible time at the food bank that Tuesday, and was able to get up and speak in front of everyone and read what God had put on her heart that week.

Let us always encourage our children to grow in Christ, and to be outspoken about their faith.  Too often it is so easy to say "Oh, I'll listen to you later, honey", or "That's nice", without really tuning in.  Make sure you're hearing your children today, and encouraging them to share their faith!




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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

KJV Blog Directory: God Music in My Heart IV

KJV Blog Directory: God Music in My Heart IV: Some of the music God's been laying on my heart lately... http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLojmBx5Ccupm8LC2isL24IXpNMYE7kQpb ...






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God Music in My Heart IV

Some of the music God's been laying on my heart lately...



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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Even the Wind and the Waves Obey Him

I recently returned from a week at Children's Camp, where I was blessed to serve as an adult sponsor, as well as accompanying three of my own kiddos.  It was a wonderful week of watching children come to know God, and even having an opportunity to step closer to Him myself.  I am so thankful for the amazing people in our area who step up to lead this camp and the others held on the mountaintop each year, as well as those who work behind the scenes, managing the camp itself, cooking, fixing and maintaining the facilities, and constructing the new chapel.  This is the very same camp where I found friends and fellowship in my childhood, and I am so filled with gratitude that my children are able to find those there as well.  

The theme of this week's camp was "Even the Wind and the Waves Obey Him"*(taken from Mark 4:41).

Cabin Bible Studies and the Camp Pastor’s Messages throughout the week conveyed this theme, with many examples of times where not only had the wind and the waves obeyed God, but Jesus Christ did things that we know are impossible, because He is the Son of God (and God if you really want to get right down to it), and He is almighty and powerful.

One of the first illustrations that the Camp Pastor used in his sermon was a video clip from “The Avengers”, where Loki and Hulk are fighting.  Loki had attacked The Black Widow, and Hulk came flying across the screen in a massive tackle, taking himself and Loki through the window into the building.  Loki stood up, brushing himself off, and very disdainfully shouted, “Enough!  You are all of you beneath me.  I am a god, you dull creature.  And I will not be bullied by…”  and about that time, Hulk picked him up by the ankles and smashed him back and forth a few times, ending with “Puny god.”

The pastor’s point in using this illustration was to remind us that God is not A puny god.  He is GOD almighty, the ONLY God.  He has all the power in the universe at His command, He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. 

Sometimes, when we are caught in a situation, we look around, and we don't see God. Or sometimes, when we have wandered away from the path He has set for us, we can't hear Him.  God is always there.  Sometimes our own lives and our own desires have taken us so far away from Him that we can no longer here His voice, or feel His presence.  


 That is not God's shortcoming, but ours, because we have turned away from Him.  It may not even be deliberate.  It may simply be a period of time spent without seeking Him each day.  I use this opportunity to remind you (and myself) how important that DAILY time in God's word and in prayer is to your life (and mine).  I know how empty I feel when I haven't taken that time to spend with Him, and how full I feel when I do.  Make sure you're spending quality time in God's word and talking and listening to Him today.


*Mark 4:41

King James Version (KJV)
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?








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Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Sorry I missed you last week!  I've just been home a week from a week at Kids' Camp with my youngest three, and I look forward to sharing more with you.  Today, I leave you with some music that blessed my heart this week, along with one of my new favorite songs, which I learned at camp.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLojmBx5CcuplwB-2yc_rDdyg719zqdKBi


We do have an additional verse to Bad Moon:

There's only one way out of this one
That is to follow Jesus Christ
If you accept Him and believe Him
You'll be in God's great book of Life

Just ask Him in your life
And through Him you will rise
Jesus Christ gives us new eyes



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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

God Writing in My Heart


Sometimes God speaks to me in words as they flow across the paper, or the screen.  As you could probably tell if you were up early enough to see the original blank post this morning, I don't always take the time to listen and follow through.

Always, always, always, God's word should be in my heart and foremost on my mind.  The distractions of the world shouldn't hold a candle to what He has to say, because it is my responsibility to take those words and spend time with them, letting God write them into my heart, permanently.

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

This verse doesn't tell me that I'm perfect, that I will never, ever sin again if I know God's word, but it does remind me that His word will shield me, protect me, and help me walk through any trials or temptations that I face along the way.  But in order for me to wield that sword, wear that armor, carry that shield, (Ephesians 6:10-18) His word must be in my heart and in my mind, where it is the first thing that comes when I face trials, temptations, or challenges.

I absolutely love to read.  It has been one of my greatest pleasures in life, throughout my entire life.  And I will read ANYTHING...okay, well not anything, but almost anything.  I read non-fiction, I love cozy mysteries, historical fiction, science textbooks (I am not kidding you, I seriously will pick up whatever I can find that looks even slightly interesting, or even uninteresting if it's the only thing there).  There are some genres I stay out of, because I just don't think that I need to put that kind of thing in my brain, but we'll leave that for another discussion, because it's not the point.  The point is, that I love to read, I love to write, and I have a beautiful relationship with the written word. 

However, I can't just run around reading non-fiction, cozy mysteries, historical fiction, science textbooks, romance novels (even if I only read Christian Romance), or even Bible commentaries, theory, or theological exhortations (yes, I did spell that incorrectly the first time).  Those may be great information, and they may be important for me to read and study, but they are still man's interpretation of God's word, and the first thing that needs to go into my heart and my head is God's word, the Bible.  No other representation or substitute, but what was written by God.  That's what God's writing in my heart.

Are you allowing Him to write in yours?
                                                                      
Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;



                                                                                         



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