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Week of 4/26-30  (B17;2021)

Thanksgiving  For  Deliverance

I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and
my supplications.  Because He has inclined His ear to me,
therefore I will call  upon  Him as long as I live.  The pains
of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold
of me;  I found trouble and sorrow.  Then I called upon the
name of the LORD:  "O LORD, I implore You, deliver my
soul!"  Gracious  is  the LORD, and righteous;  yes, our
God  is  merciful.  The LORD preserves the simple;  I was
brought low, and He saved me.  Return to your rest, O my
soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.  For You
have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears. 
And  my feet from falling.  I will walk before the LORD in
the land of the living.  I believed, therefore I spoke, "I am
greatly afflicted."  I said in my haste, "All men  are  liars."
What shall I render to the LORD  for  all His benefits toward
me?  I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the 
name of the LORD.  I will pay my vows to the LORD now
in the presence of all His people.  Precious in the sight of
the LORD is  the death of His saints.  O LORD, truly I  am 
Your servant;  I  am  Your servant, the son of Your maid-
servant;  You have loosed my bonds.  I will offer to You 
the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name
of the LORD.  I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the
presence of all His people.  In the courts of the LORD's
house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.  Praise the
LORD!   Psalm 116:1-19 ; NKJV


     LORD, we - both Jew and Gentile - praise You.
     We exalt You for the glorious salvation You have
     provided for all of mankind.  May those who are
     bound by the dark one be freed, gloriously freed.
     And LORD, may Your children in Christ Jesus
     pay our vows to You  and  walk  as we have been
     told.  Please receive our love, love expressed in 
     and through our obedience to You and in response
     to Your loving kindness toward us.  In Jesus
     Christ's precious name we pray.


          How Great Thou Art *

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the  works  Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the  mighty  thunder,
Thy pow'r through-out the universe displayed.

     Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
     How great Thou art!  How great Thou art!
     Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
     How great thou art!  How great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

     Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
     How great Thou art!  How great Thou art!
     Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
     How great thou art!  How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

     Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
     How great Thou art!  How great Thou art!
     Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
     How great thou art!  How great Thou art!

*  Words of verses 1, 3 and 4 by Stuart K. Hine 
          ("works" and "mighty" are his original lyrics ; 
          revised wording:  "worlds" and "rolling")

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W
eek of 4/19-23  (B16;2021)

God's  Generous  Mercy

It is  better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 
It is  
better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I will
destroy them.  They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;
but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.  They surrounded
me like bees;  they were quenched like a fire of thorns;  for in the
name of the LORD I will detroy them.  You pushed me violently,
that I might fall, but the LORD helped me.  The LORD,  is  my
strength and song, and He has become my salvation.  The 
voice of rejoicing and salvation  is  in the tents of the righteous;
the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.  The right hand of the
LORD is exalted;  the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.  I
shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.  The
LORD has chastened me severely, but He has not given me
over to death.  Open to me the gates of righteousness;  I will 
go through them,  and  I will praise the LORD.  This is the gate
of the LORD, through which the righteous shall enter.  I will
praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my
salvation.  The stone  which  the builders rejected has become
the chief cornerstone.  This was the LORD's doing;  it  is  
marvelous in our eyes.  This  is  the day the LORD has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Save now, I pray, O LORD;
O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.  Blessed  is  he who
comes in the name of the LORD!  We have blessed you from
the house of the LORD.  God  is  the LORD, and He has given
us light;  bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
You  are  my God, and I will praise You;  You are  my God, I
will exalt You.  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for  He is  good!
For His mercy  endures  forever.     Psalm 118:8-29 ; NKJV


     Precious God Most High, we continue to  abide  in the beauties
     of Your resurrected Son.  Thank You for victory over death and
     darkness.  Thank You for rescuing us from bondage to satan,
     the dark one who holds so much of the world in slavery to him.
     Thank You for Your glorious Lamb, coming soon as Lion.  Oh
     death, where is thy sting?  It has been swallowed up in victorious
     rout over darkness in Jesus' sacrifice.  What mercy and grace,
     Lord Jesus!  Thank You Christ Jesus.  Even so, please come
     quickly.  Until then, allow us endurance through the coming
     storms.  In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen.


          Amazing Grace *

Amazing grace!  how sweet the sound - That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,  And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear  The hour I first believed.

The Lord has promised good to me,  His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be  As long as life endures.

Thru many dangers, toils and snares,  I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,  And grace will lead me home.

When we've been there ten thousand years,  Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise  Than when we'd first begun.

*  Words by John Newton (1-4) ;  author of
          stanza 5 is unclear, possibly John P. Rees

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Week of 4/12-16
  (B15;2021)

He  Is  RISEN  Indeed !

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!  Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the
LORD  endures  forever.  Praise the LORD!     Psalm 117 ; NKJV

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for  He is  good!  For His mercy
endures  forever.  Let Israel now say,  "His mercy  endures  forever." 
Let the house of Aaron now say,  "His mercy  endures  forever."  Let
those who fear the LORD now say,  "His mercy  endures  forever.
I called on the LORD in distress;  the LORD answered me  and 
set me  in a broad place.  The LORD  is  on my side;  I will not
fear.  What can man do to me?  The LORD is for me among those
who help me;  therefore I shall see  my desire  on those who hate
me.  It is  better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 
It is  
better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
Psalm 118:1-9 ; NKJV


     Holy Father, my how You're clear:  You do not fellowship with sin.
     That You turned from Your Son as He took on the sins of the dark
     world is beyond our comprehension.  And yet, You did.  As He
     cried, You  forsook  Him.  Please help the world understand that
     You will do the same to them - forever so - IF they do not come
     under  Your  only provision for sin.  May they accept  Your  only
     sacrifice for sin in Your beloved Son.  Father, we exalt You for
     Your holiness.  Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou oh LORD our God.  We
     praise You for Your mercy whereby You extend salvation to any
     who would come to You on Your terms - through Your only
     beloved Son, Christ Jesus our Lord.  In Jesus Christ's holy
     name, we pray and thank You for delivering us.  Amen

          How Deep The Father's Love For Us *

How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life - I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no pow'r, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?  I cannot give an answer,
But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.

*  Lyrics by Stuart Townend

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Week of 4/5-9  
(B14;2021)

S  e  l  a  h 

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Week of 3/29 - 4/2
  (B13;2021)

GOD's  Generous  Salvation  Gift

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have
access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in
hope of the glory of God.  And not only  that,  but we also glory in
tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  and
perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does
not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in
our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  For when we
were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man someone would even dare to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while 
we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then,
having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from
wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were
reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more,
having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not
only  that,  but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Romans 5:1-11 ; NKJV ; bold emphasis ours


     Holy Father God, we PRAISE You for Your gift of salvation.  We
     exalt You for sending our  everlasting Father,  our Prince of Peace,
     Jesus Christ.  We are amazed at Your things - Your ways and Your
     thoughts, past finding out!  You alone are glorious Creator, Savior,
     eternal God.  May Your Spirit lead us in these opportunistic days
     before the glorious return of Your Son.  We need You so, precious
     Father God.  In this season, may You be praised as we continue in
     celebration of Your  Sacrifice  on our behalf.  And LORD, for Your
     sweet victory over darkness -  Resurrection!  In Jesus Christ's
     holy name we pray, amen.


          Not  In  Me * 

No list of sins I have not done,
No list of virtues I pursue,
No list of those I am not like,
Can earn myself a place with You.
O God!  Be merciful to me -
I am a sinner through and through!
My only hope of righteousness
Is not in me, but only You.

No humble dress, no fervent prayer,
No lifted hands, no tearful song,
No recitation of the truth
Can justify a single wrong.
My righteousness is Jesus' life,
My debt was paid by Jesus' death,
My weary load was borne by Him
And He alone can give me rest.

No separation from the world,
No work I do, no gift I give,
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands;
I cannot cause my soul to live.
But Jesus died and rose again -
The pow'r of death is overthrown!
My God is merciful to me
And merciful in Christ alone.

My righteousness is Jesus' life,
My debt was paid by Jesus' death,
My weary load was borne by Him
And He alone can give me rest.

*  Words by David Ward and Eric Schumacher

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Week of 3/22-26 
(B12;2021)

In  Christ  Alone

Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, [ see context
for details about God's rest ] lest anyone fall according to the
same example of disobedience.  For the word of God  is  
living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints
and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight,
but all things  are  naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom
we  must give  account.  Seeing then that we have a great High
Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of
God, let us hold fast  our  confession.  For we do not have a
High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,
but was in all  points  tempted as  we are, yet  without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we
may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:11-16 (NKJV)


     Holy Father, we  exalt  You.  Thank You for 
     sending Your eternal Word - Christ Jesus.  As
     many of us look forward to  Communion  soon,
     may we, even today, glory in Your provision:
     The Sacrifice of Your Lamb - the Lamb of God.
     Glorious One, we praise You for the peaceful
     rest  we find in Your beloved Son.  As our hearts
     melt  in Your merciful, gracious presence, would
     You receive this prayerful testimony of our deep
     gratitude ... [ our prayer continues in song ]


          In  Christ  Alone *

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength my song;
This corner stone, this solid ground,
firm thro' the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when striving cease.
My comforter, my all in all,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross, as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid.
Here in the death of Christ I stand.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again.
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the pow'r of Christ I stand. 

*  Lyrics by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

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Week of 3/15-19
... including 3:16  (B11;2021)

Foolish  Apostasy

O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, nor chasten me
in Your hot displeasure!  For Your arrows pierce me deeply,
and Your hand presses me down.  There is  no soundness in
my flesh because of Your anger, nor  any  health in my bones
because of my sin.  For my iniquities have gone over my head;
like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.  My wounds are
foul and festering because of my foolishness.  I am troubled,
I bowed down greatly;  I go mourning all the day long.  For my
loins are full of inflamation, and  there is  no soundness in
my flesh.  I am feeble and serverely broken;  I groan because
of the turmoil of my heart.  Lord, all my desire  is  before You;
and my sighing is not hidden from You.  My heart pants, my
strength fails me;  as for the light of my eyes, it also has gone
from me.  My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my
plague, and my relatives stand afar off.  Those also who seek
my life lay snares  for me;  those who seek my hurt speak of
destruction, and plan deception all the day long.  But I, like a
deaf  man,  do not hear;  and  I am  like a mute  who  does
not open his mouth.  Thus I am like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth  is  no response.  For in You, O LORD,
I hope;  You will hear, O Lord my God.  For I said, "Hear me,
lest they rejoice over me, lest, when my foot slips, they exalt
themselves  against me."  For I  am  ready to fall, and my
sorrow  is  continually before me.  For I will declare my iniquity;
I will be in anguish over my sin.  But my enemies  are  vig-
orous, and  they are strong;  and those who hate me wrong-
fully have multiplied.  Those also who render evil for good,
they are my adversaries, because I follow  what is  good.
Do not forsake me, O LORD;  O my God, be not far from 
me!  Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
Psalm 38 (NKJV ; bold emphases ours ; also see Daniel 9)


     Precious Lord God Most High, we praise Your holy name.
     Thank You for the glorious VICTORY we find in Christ 
     Jesus Your beloved Son.  Thank You for His death and
     resurrection  and  for gracing those who truly believe
     with the same victory over sin and its fruit, eternal death.
     Yet, Lord, we confess our foolishness in going back to the
     pig pen - back to our vomit.  Thank You for Your patient
     mercies, new every morning.  Lord, we are weak and
     stumble so easily.  Help us  to be in anguish over our
     sin.  Help us to see more clearly how our sins grieve
     Your Holy Spirit within us - Lord, how our rebellious acts
     undermine Your Spirit's help.  God forbid we quench one
     very means You graciously provide toward walking fruit-
     fully unto Your glory and praise.  And Lord, as our enemies
     contend against us, strengthen us, we pray.  Guard us 
     against giving up, for to do so would indeed be foolish.
     Yes, Lord,  to give up I'd be a fool  ...  You are my all in all.
     In Christ Jesus' holy name we pray, amen. 


          You Are My Strength When I Am Weak * 

You are my strength when I am weak;
You are the  treasure  that I seek.
You are my all in all.
Seeking You as a precious jewel;
Lord to give up, I'd be a fool.
You are my all in all.  

     Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name.
     Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name.

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame;
Rising again, I bless Your name.
You are my all in all.
When I fall down You pick me up;
When I am dry You fill my cup.
You are my all in all.

     Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name.
     Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name.

*  Lyrics by Dennis Jernigan ;  bold emphasis ours

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Week of 3/8-12  (B10;2021)

Celebrating God's Ongoing Faithfulness

I will bless the LORD at all times;  His praise  shall  continually
be  in my mouth.  My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
the humble shall hear  of it  and be glad.  Oh, magnify the LORD
with me, and let us exalt His name together.  I sought the LORD,
and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They
looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.
This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard  him,  and saved
Him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the LORD encamps all
around those who fear Him, and delivers them.  Oh, taste and see
that the LORD  is  good;  blessed  is  the man  who  trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!  There is  no want to those who
fear Him.  The young lions lack and suffer hunger;  but those who
seek the LORD shall not lack any good  thing.  Come, you children,
listen to me;  I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  Who  is  the
man  who  desires life, and loves  many  days, that he may see
good?  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking
deceit.  Depart from evil and do good;  seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD  are  on the righteous, and His ears  are
open  
to their cry.  The face of the LORD  is  against those who 
do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.  The
righteous  
cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of
all their troubles.  The LORD  is  near to those who have a broken
heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.  Many  are  the
inflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them
all.  He guards all his bones;  not one of them is broken.  Evil 
shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous shall be
condemned.  The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and
none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.  
Psalm 34 ; NKJV

     
     LORD, as we continue pondering Your greatness, we are thankful
     that You are faithful to Your Word.  Thank You for honoring Your
     full revelation - Counsel to us, second to none.  LORD, thank You
     for also being faithful to Yourself.  In Your expressions of faithful-
     ness, we especially praise You for the victory You gained at the
     cross and in Your Son's resurrection.  Nothing, nothing, absolutely
     nothing, compares to this redemptive act - Your eternal expression
     of love for mankind.  Your active demonstration of Your character -
     God is love - humbles us, LORD.  May we be, in Christ, like Thee.
     In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen.


          Great Is Thy Faithfulness *

Great is Thy faithfulness,"  O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

     "Great is Thy faithfulness!  Great is Thy faithfulness!"
      Morning by morning new mercies I see;
      All I have needed Thy hand hath provided - 
     "Great is Thy faithfulnes,"  Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and spring time and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

     [ Refrain ]

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!      

     "Great is Thy faithfulness!  Great is Thy faithfulness!"
      Morning by morning new mercies I see;
      All I have needed Thy hand hath provided - 
     "Great is Thy faithfulnes,"  Lord, unto me!

*  1923 lyrics by Thomas O. Chishom  1866 - 1960

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Week of 3/1-5  
(B9;2021)

Jesus Christ's  Three-Part  Soon Return

(The following passages are taken from the NKJV.)

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven,
and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they
will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory.  ...  Then the sky receded
as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and
island was moved out of its place.  And the kings of the
earth, great men, the rich men, the commanders, the
mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid them-
selves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and
hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and
from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great day of His
wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
Mt. 24:30 ; Rev. 6:14-17

And He will send His angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from
the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
...  Behold, I tell you a mystery:  We shall not all
sleep, but we shall be changed – in a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the
trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised in-
corruptible, and we shall be changed.  ...  But I do
not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning
those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as
others who have no hope.  For if we believe that
Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring
with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  For this we say
to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive
and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no
means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord
Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with
the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of
God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we
who are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  There-
fore comfort one another with these words.  ...  Then
the seventh angel sounded:  And there were loud
voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this
world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of
His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”  And
the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their
thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One
who is and who was and who is to come, because You
have taken Your great power and reigned.  The nations
were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of
the dead, that they should be judged, and that You
should reward Your servants the prophets and the
saints, and those who fear Your name, small and
great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and
the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple.  And
there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, and earth-
quake, and great hail.  ...  Then I looked, and behold,
a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son
of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in
His hand a sharp sickle.  And another angel came out
of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who
sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap,
for the time has come for You to reap, for the har-
vest of the earth is ripe.”  So He who sat on the
cloud trust in His sickle on the earth, and the
earth was reaped.    Mt. 24:31; I Cor. 15:51, 52 ;
I Thes. 4:13-18 ; Rev. 11:15-19 & 14:14-16

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the
holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of
His glory.  ...  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold,
a white horse.  And He who sat on him was called
Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and
makes war.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and
on His head were many crowns.  He had a name
written that no one knew except Himself.  He was
clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is
called The Word of God.  And the armies in heaven,
clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him
on white horses.  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp
sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And
He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He
Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and
wrath of Almighty God.  And He has on His robe
and on His thigh a name written:  KING OF KINGS
AND LORD OF LORDS.  Then I saw an angel
standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice,
saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven,
“Come and gather together for the supper of the great
God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of
captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses
and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of
all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and
their armies, gathered together to make war against
Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
Then the beast was captured, and with him the
false prophet who worked signs in his presence,
by which he deceived those who received the mark
of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
These two were cast alive into the lake of fire
burning with brimstone.  And the rest were killed
with the sword which proceeded from the mouth
of Him who sat on the horse.  And all the birds
were filled with their flesh.    Mt. 25:31; Rev. 19:11-21


     Father God, we thank You for the Blessed Hope of Your Son's
     glorious soon return - however that will unfold.  Thank You for
     making end-time  mysteries  known  ...  in Your time.  May we 
     heed Your end-time instruction, including both  thematic  and
     chronological  appeals.  May  blessed hope  in Your Son's 
     return help guard us as we  endure to the end.  May we be
     praising You in  psalms, hymns and spiritual songs  as we 
     persevere through these opportunity-filled  end of days. 
     Unto Your glory and praise, in Jesus Christ's name we pray,
     amen. 

          It Is Well With My Soul *

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
What - ever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

     It is well  
            it is well,
     With my soul!
            with my soul!
     It is well, it is well, with my soul!

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

     [ Refrain ]

My sin - O the bliss of this glorious thought - 
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my soul!

     [ Refrain ]

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll!
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend!
Even so - it is well with my soul. 


*  Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1828-1888  [as presented in
    the hymnbook,  Rejoice Hymns  - 2011]  (bold empasis ours)


P.S.
Our  3-part  proposal concerning the  2nd Coming  of Jesus Christ
is charted  here  and is illustrated (in song)  here.  Also look over
some of our other handouts:  On  Themes  ;  On  Chronology - also
posted on our  Gift Page.  IF you are currently  not  enjoying the 
heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus, please  Click Here

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Week of 2/22-26
  (B8;2021)

God's  JOY  Remains  Our  Strength

The king shall have  joy  in Your strength, O LORD;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
You have given him his heart's desire, and have not
withheld the request of his lips.                         Selah
For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.  He asked
life from You, and  You gave  it  to him - length of days
forever and ever.  His glory  is  great in Your salvation;
Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.  For You
have made him most blessed forever;  You have made
him  exceedingly glad  with Your presence.  For the king
trusts in the LORD, and through the mercy of the Most
High he shall not be moved. 
Your hand will find all Your enemies;  Your right hand
will find those who hate You.  You shall make them as
a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;  the LORD shall
swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour
them.  Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,
and their descendants from among the sons of men.  
For they intended evil against You;  they devised a plot
which  they are not able  to perform.  Therefore You will
make them turn their back;  You will make ready  Your
arrows  
on Your string toward their faces.  Be exalted,
O LORD, in Your own strength!  We will sing and praise
Your power.              Psalm 21 ; NKJV ; emphases ours

And, in the context of  WHY  there was reason for JOY
in the hearts of God's people (see Nehemiah 8)  ...

" ... the joy of the LORD is your strength."     Neh. 8:10c

Please read Psalm 63 as it serves as our  prayer  in this blog.
(Note verses 3 & 4:  "Because Your loving kindness is better
than life, my lips shall praise You.  Thus I will bless You while 
I live.  I will lift up my hands in Your name.")


     Prayer:  Psalm 63


          Thy Loving Kindness *

Thy loving kindness is better than life.   (repeat)
My lips shall praise Thee, thus will I bless Thee,
I will lift up my hands unto Thy name.

*   Words by Hugh Mitchell - now in  joyful  glory (1914 - 2014)
     Song copyright:  1956 ; 1984 (renewal)

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Week of 2/15-19
  (B7;2021)

Patience Through The Dark Valleys

Why do You stand afar off, O LORD?  Why  do You hide in 
times of trouble?  The wicked in  his  pride persecutes the poor;
let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.  For
the wicked boasts of his heart's desire;  he blesses the greedy
and  renounces the LORD.  The wicked in his proud countenance
does not seek  God ;  God  is  in none of his thoughts.  His ways
are always prospering;  Your judgments  are  far above, out of
his sight;  as for  all his enemies, he sneers at them.  He has said
in his heart, "I shall not be moved;  I shall never be in adversity."  
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;  under 
his tongue  is  trouble and iniquity.  He sits in the lurking places
of the villages;  in the secret places he murders the innocent;
his eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.  He lies in wait
secretly, as a lion in his den;  he lies in wait to catch the poor;
he catches the poor when he draws him into his net.  So he
crouches, he lies low, that the helpless may fall by his
strength.  He has said in his heart, "God has forgotten;
He hides His face;  He will never see."  Arise, O LORD!
O God, lift up Your hand!  Do not forget the humble.  Why
do the wicked renounce God?  He has said in his heart,
"You will not require  an account.  But You have seen, for
You observe trouble and grief, to repay  it  by Your hand.
The helpless commits himself to You;  You are the helper
of the fatherless.  Break the arm of the wicked and the evil
man ;  seek out his wickedness  until  You find none.  The
LORD  is  King forever and ever;  the nations have perished
out of His land.  LORD, You have heard the desire of the 
humble;  You will prepare their heart;  You will cause Your
ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
that the man of the earth may oppress no more. 
Psalm 10 ; NKJV


     LORD, please help Your Church walk in Your quality
     of  patience.  Help us  yield  to  Your  timing on things,
     including  Your  timing concerning  end of days  matters.
     We dare not sin and  blame You  - Job 1:22 - as wicked-
     ness abounds.  In this context, O LORD, we do thank 
     You for allowing us to share our concerns like the
     author of Psalm 10 does.  Help us balance this matter
     in accord with Your holy Word.  Even so, please come
     Lord Jesus.  Amen


          Praise You In This Storm *

I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say, "Amen" and it's still rainin'

Well, as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I'll raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
And raised me up again
But my strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You?

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I'll raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
(I lift my eyes unto the hills)
(Where does my help come from?)

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
And though my heart is torn (Though my heart is torn)
I'll praise You in this storm (Praise You in this storm)

*  From  Casting Crowns'  album,  Lifesong  (2005)
    Lyrics by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms 

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Week of 2/8-12  (B6;2021)

Enduring  LOVE

[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "As many as I love, I rebuke
and chasten.  Therefore be zealous and repent."  
Revelation 3:19 ; NKJV

     "Love suffers long  and  is kind;  love does not envy;
      love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not
      behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked,
      thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices
      in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes
      all things, endures all things.  Love never fails."
      I Corinthians 13:4-8a ; NKJV

     Loving heavenly Father, we praise You for Your undescribable 
     love gift in Your Son, Jesus Christ.  We exalt You as You shine
     forth Your character of love as You do.  It melts our hearts as
     to how merciful and gracious You can be toward Your fallen
     special creation - mankind.  Help us to love You in return as
     we rightly should.  Help us to honor You by loving You as You
     have so outlined.  May we love You through  obedience  to You
     as we abide in Your Vine.  And Father, may we  hear, receive
    
 and  respond favorably  to Your loving rebuke and chastening.  
     In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen.


          Only Jesus / Calvary's Love 

Only Jesus, Only He
Brings redemption, full and free
There's a yearning, in all our lives
That only Jesus satisfies

Calvary's love will sail forever
Bright and shining, strong and free
Like an ark of peace and safety
One the sea of human need

Through the hours of all the ages
Those tired of sailing on their own
Finally rest inside the shadow
Cast by Calvary's love across their souls

     Chorus:
     Calvay's love, Calvary's love
     Priceless gift Christ makes us worthy of
     The deepest sin can't rise above
     Calvary's love

Calvary's love can heal the Spirit
Life has crushed and cast aside
And redeem til Heaven's promise
Fillis with joy once empty eyes
So desire to tell His story
Of a love that loved enough to die
Burns away all other passions
And fed by Calvary's love becomes a fire

     Chorus

Calvary's love has never faltered
All its wonders still remain
Souls still take eternal passage
Sins atoned and heaven gained
Sins forgiven and heaven gained

*  Song lyrics taken from Steve Green's 
    album,  For God and God Alone  (1986)

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Week of 2/1-5 
 (B5;2021)

Enduring  Celebration  In God's Holy  PEACE

[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Peace I leave with you, My
peace I give to you;  not as the world gives do I give to
you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid."       John 14:27 ; NKJV

In this day of continued unrest, God's peace is precious.
IF you are not  in Christ,  please view our  Gospel pages 
for direction toward peace with God.  IF you are  in Christ,
continue  abiding in Him (John 14, 15)  for the ongoing
blessing of the peace of God.

     Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.
     And he went out to meet [king] Asa, and said to him:  "Hear
     me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin.  The LORD  is  with
     you while you are with Him.  If you seek Him, He will be 
     found by you;  but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
     For a long time Israel  has been  without the true God, 
     without a teaching priest, and without law;  but when in
     their trouble they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and
     sought Him, He was found by them.  And in those times
     there was  no  peace  to the one who went out, nor to the
     one who came in, but great turmoil  was  on all the inhab-
     itants of the lands.  So nation was destroyed by nation, 
     and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.
     But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for
     your work shall be rewarded!  And when Asa heard these
     words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took
     courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the
     land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he
     had taken in the mountains of Ephraim;  and he restored
     the altar of the LORD that  was  before the vestibule of
     the LORD.  Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin,
     and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh,
     and Simeon, for they came over to him in great numbers
     from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was 
     with him.  So they gathered together at Jerusalem in the
     third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.  And
     they offered to the LORD at that time seven hundred bulls
     and seven thousand sheep from the spoil they had brought.
     Then they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God
     of their fathers with all their heart and will all their soul; 
     and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel was
     to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man 
     or woman.  Then they took an oath before the LORD 
     with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams'
     horns.  And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had
     sworn will all their heart and sought Him with all their
     soul;  and He was found by them, and the LORD gave
     them rest all around.            II Chronicles 15:1-15 ; NKJV
 

     Holy Father, what heavenly blessings You so abundantly
     grace Your people in Your Son with - WOW!  THANK YOU!
     May those still lost turn to You.  May they  see  it's not too
     late to say "yes" to Your glorious eternal Gift in Christ Jesus
     Your holy Lamb.  May  Christians  turn from their wayward,
     compromised living and seek You with their whole hearts
     and souls.  May true Christians affirm Your conditions of
     blessing as outlined in Your Word - Ez. 18 ; II Chronicles 15 ;
     Matthew 7:21-23 ; I Corinthains 15:1, 2 - "if you hold fast" ;
     James 2:14-26  et al.  THANK YOU, dear Father God, for
     Your PEACE.  We praise You - the only True God - as we
     pray in Christ Jesus' name.  And yes, we continue to pray
     for the peace of Israel - may each and every Jew find Your
     peace which passes understanding in Jesus Christ, Your
     only sacrifice for sin under Your eternal New Covenant.  
     Amen


          Wonderful  Peace *  

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight,
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm.
In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
O'er my soul like an infinite calm.

     Peace!  Peace!  Wonderful peace
     Coming down from the Father above;
     Sweep over my spirit forever I pray,
     In fathomless billows of love.

What a treasure I have in tHis wonderul peace,
Buried deep in the heart of my soul.
So secure that no power can mine it away
While the years of eternity roll.

     [ Refrain ]

I am resting tonight in  tHis  wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus' control;
For I'm kept from all danger by night and by day,
And His glory is flooding my soul.

     [ Refrain ]

O soul, are you here without comfort or rest,
Marching down the rough pathway of time?
Make Jesus your Friend ere the shadows grow dark;
O accept  tHis  sweet peace so sublime.

     Peace!  Peace!  Wonderful peace
     Coming down from the Father above;
     Sweep over my spirit forever I pray,
     In fathomless billows of love.

*  Words by W.D. Cornell, 19th Century  
    (double meaning of "this" - "tHis" - is our addition)


P.S.  We're wondering ...

   Have we, as God's people in Christ Jesus,   w a n d e r e d
   such that  we,  as individuals,  need  to take steps of Truth
   and humility?   I John 1:8-10  provides good Counsel on this
   matter of self evaluation.  Also see  II Cor. 13:5  &  II Pet. 1:10, 11.

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Week of 1/25-29  (B4;2021)

Forsaking  NOT  And  The Blessings Therein

"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love
and good works,  not forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together,  
as is the manner of some, but
exhorting  one another,  and so much the more as you
see the Day approaching."     Hebrews 10:24, 25 - NKJV
(bold emphasis ours)

Just yesterday we SO enjoyed fellowship at our church.
God is moving in powerful ways ... what mercy, what grace!
Here's one of the  many  blessings we were extended:

Our pastor preached from II Chronicles 17 - 20.  While I
won't quote the entire text, I will quote a portion of it here ...

    [ please see the prior passages for important context ]
    O our God, will You not judge them?  For we have no
    power against this great multitude that is coming against
    us;  nor do we know what to do, but our eyes  are  on You.
    Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their
    children, stood before the LORD.  Then the Spirit of the LORD
    came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the sone of Benaiah,
    the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of
    Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.  And he said, "Listen, all
    you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King
    Jehoshaphat!  Thus says the LORD to you:  'Do not be afraid
    nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle  is
    not yours, but God's.  Tomorrow go down against them.  They
    will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find
    them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.
    You will not  need  to fight in this  battle.  Position yourselves,
    stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you.
    O Judah and Jerusalem!'  Do not fear or be dismayed;  tomorrow
    go out against them, for the LORD  is  with you."  And Jehoshaphat
    bowed his head with  his  face to the ground, and all Judah and the
    inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshipping 
    the LORD.  Then the Levites of the children of the Korahites stood
    up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.
    So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness
    of Tekoa;  and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear
    me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem:  Believe in the LORD
    your God, and you shall be established;  believe His prophets, and
    your shall prosper."  And when he had consulted with the people, he
    appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should
    praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and
    were saying:  "Praise the LORD, for His mercy  endures  forever."
    Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes
    against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come
    against Judah;  and they were defeated.  For the people of Ammon
    and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly
    kill and destroy  them.  And when they had made an end of the
    inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destoy one another.  So when
    Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked 
    toward the multitude;  and there  were  their dead bodies, fallen
    on the earth.  No one had escaped.  When Jehoshaphat and his
    people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an
    abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and percious jewelry,
    which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry
    away;  and they were three days gathering the spoil because there
    was so much.  And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley
    of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD;  therefore the name
    of that place was called The Valley of Berachab until this day.
    Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with
    Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy,
    for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.  So 
    they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps 
    and trumpets, to the house of the LORD.  And the fear of God 
    was on all the kingdoms of  those  countries when they heard
    that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.  Then
    the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest
    all around.    (II Chonicles 20:12-30 ; NKJV ; the pastor made
    wonderful  New-Covenant  application appeals  through the
    message God moved him to bring)


Let's pray ...

    Father God, we praise You!  Thank You for clearly moving as You
    have through history.  And now, once again, we pray for Your 
    moving in our context today.  Give Your Church the Faith to walk
    in the Truths You've outlined concerning these  end of days.  Help
    us to understand that Your deliverance is coming at  Your  appointed
    time.  Thank You for giving us  perspective  as we endure hardships
    before Your Son's return.  Help us, LORD, to walk in light of Your
    kind revelation.  Thank You for the book of Daniel.  Thank You for
    Matthew 24, 25 (and the related synoptic texts).  Thank You for
    Revelation.  May we walk in Your light during this time when we 
    move closer to the  war against the Saints.  And LORD, thank You
    for the encouragement that is bestowed to Your people who continue
    gathering even though dark opposition would tell us not to gather. 
    May Your people rise up and say "No!" to the mandates to compro-
    mise Your Counsel.  May we forsake  not  the assembling of ourselves
    together as is the manner of some.  Lord, in our lives, be glorified, be
    glorified today.  In Jesus Christ's holy name I pray, amen.  


See / Sing  the songs (the ones quoted in blogs B2 & B3 below)  
and  praise God through this precious chorus:


          In His Time *   (1978)

In His time, in His time,
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Lord, please show me every day, as You're teaching
me Your way, that You do just what You say,
In Your time. 

In Your time, in Your time,
You make all things beautiful in Your time.
Lord, my life you You I bring, may each song I 
have to sing be to You a lovely thing, 
In Your time.

          *  Words and Music by Diane Ball  

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Week of 1/18-22 
 (B3;2021)

God's Counsel For His End-Of-Days Saints

"Finally, my brethren, be stong in the Lord and in the power
of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may
be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do
not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual  hosts  of wickedness in the heavenly  places. 
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be
able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having
put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your
feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, 
taking the shield of faith with which you are able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and
supplication for all the saints - and for me, that utterance 
may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to 
make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an
ambassador in chains;  that in it I may speak boldly, as I
ought to speak."    Ephesians 6:10-20 (NKJV)  
Also see II Cor. 10:1-6, Galatians 3:1-9  &  John 3.


     Father, how we praise You for enlightening our way.
     Your Word is indeed a light to our feet;  a lamp to our
     path.  Thank You for reminding us that the present battles
     with which we're engaged are  Your  battles and that You've
     (and those of us who are in Your Son, Christ Jesus, have)
     already won.  Until the consummation, Lord, please help us
     follow Your Son's precious example and endure to the end.
     Help us fight the remaining battles in Your strength, in YOUR
     worldview perspective.  In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.


          The Battle Belongs To The Lord *  (1984)

In heavenly armour we'll enter the land
The battle belongs to the Lord
No weapon that's fashioned against us will stand
The battle belongs to the Lord

     We sing glory, honor
     Power and strenth to the Lord
     We sing glory, honor
     Power and strength to the Lord

When the power of darkness comes in like a flood
The battle belongs to the Lord
He's raised up a standard, the power of His blood
The battle belongs to the Lord

     [ Refrain ]

When your enemy presses in hard do not fear
The battle belongs to the Lord
Take courage my friend, your redemption is near
The battle belongs to the Lord

     We sing glory, honor
     Power and strenth to the Lord
     We sing glory, honor
     Power and strength to the Lord


*  Songwriter:  Jamie Owens-Collins 

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Week of 1/11-15 
 (B2;2021)

GOD-Centered  Attitudes

"Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of
stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved,
every man for his sons and his daughters.  But David 
strengthened himself in the LORD his God."    I Samuel 30:6

[God speaking]  "Fear not, for I  am  with you;  Be not dismayed,
for I  am  your God.  I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I
will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  Behold, all those 
who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced;
they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.
You shall seek them and not find them - those who contended with
you.  Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a non-
existent thing.  For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"    Isaiah 41:10-13

[Jesus Christ speaking]  " ... and lo, I am with you always,  even  to 
the end of the age."    Matthew 28:20b

[Jesus Christ speaking]  "Behold, I am coming quickly!  Blessed  
is  he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.  ...  
Blessed  are  those who do His commandments, that they may
have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates
into the city.  But outside  are  dogs and sorcerers and sexually
immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and
practices a lie."  ...  He who testifies to these things says,
"Surely I am coming quickly."  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord
Jesus!  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ  be  with you all.
Amen.    Revelation 22:7, 14, 15, 20, 21

(The above passages were taken from the NKJV.)


     Glorious Father, thank You for Your holy revelation to us.
     It's with praise that we express our gratitude to You for 
     helping us live with attitudes reflecting Your sweet promises.
     Like King David, Lord, help us to do  our  part toward fostering
     strength in You.  The precious hope You extend through Isaiah
     Your prophet is helpful - Your enemies (our enemies) will one
     day be put in their proper place.  Lord, we need not fear them,
     for You help us.  Thank You that You're with us always, even
     through these dark  end of days.  In this context, Lord, we can
     do all things through Your Son who strengthens us.  We exalt
     You for Your Counsel to those of us who have been washed in
     the blood of the Lamb, who keep Your commands whereby we
     have Your blessings in Christ Jesus, including the right, in Your
     generous mercy and grace, to Your tree of life.  Even so, please
     come quickly Lord Jesus!  Amen



          A Mighty Fortress Is Our God *

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe -
His craft and pow'r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
Were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?  Christ Jesus it is He -
Lord Sabaoth His name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And tho this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph thru us.
The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him -
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure:
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly pow'rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours thru Him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also -
The body they may kill;  God's truth abideth still:
His kingdom is forever.

*  Lyrics by Martin Luther; translated by Frederick H. Hedge


P.S.   For an additional blessing tied to this theme of fostering
          GOD's perspective in our lives during these difficult days
          of ours, please take further encouragement by the Dec-
          ember 19th devotional read in  New Morning Mercies  
          by Paul David Tripp (2014).

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Week of 1/4-8 
 (B1;2021)

Lasting Counsel From  THE  Primary Source

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but his
delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and
night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings
forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither;  and what-
ever he does shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so, but are like the
chaff which the wind drives away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not
stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the right-
eous.  For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way
of the ungodly shall perish."   Psalm 1  (NKJV)


     Everlasting Father, Creator, Savior and soon-coming King, THANK
     YOU for Your clear revelation to us.  Thank You for the Counsel it
     offers, for the wisdom it affords.  Help us to trust Your Word.  Give
     us boldness to live it out as we know we should.

     Help us to separate from the world while persisting in being Your
        lights therein;
     Help us to thrive as You've given us abundant life if we'd but walk
        in Your Spirit;
     Help us to endure in Your Truths as we abide in You and Your
        gracious provisions in Christ Jesus.

     Help us do all of the above and more.  Help us to trust You, Lord.
     Help us to live our faith whereby we avoid the eternal state of those
     who reject You - those who will not stand in the congregation of the
     righteous - for we never wish to hear from You, "I never knew you.
     Depart from Me you workers of iniquity."

     Lord, we affirm Your Words:  "The way of the wicked will perish."
     Indeed.  Please save them loving Lord!  Amen.  Even so, please
     come quickly Lord Jesus.  In Christ Jesus' glorious Name we pray.


          'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus *

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise, just to know, "Thus saith the Lord."

     Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!  How I've proved Him o'er and o'er!
     Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!  O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to trust His cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me, 'neath the healing, cleansing flood!

     [ Refrain ]

Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking life and rest and joy and peace.

     [ Refrain ]

I'm so glad I learned to trust Him, precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that He is with me, will be with me to the end. 

     Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!  How I've proved Him o'er and o'er!
     Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!  O for grace to trust Him more!

*  Words by Louisa M. R. Stead, c. 1850-1917

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Week of 12/28 - 1/1  
(B53;20) 

Praise To God Most High

Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;  praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise God for His mighty acts;  praise Him according to His excellent
greatness!  Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;  praise Him with
the lute and harp!  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;  praise Him
with stringed instruments and flutes!  Praise Him with loud cymbals;
praise Him with clashing cymbals!  Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD.  Praise the LORD!   Psalm 150  (NKJV)


After praying Psalm 150 in reverent praise ...
Lord, as this year of trouble and unrest comes to a close, we
acknowledge You as holy God.  Thank You for extending Your
hand of discipline on a rebellious world - all toward the end of 
hoping for repentance.  Lord, may Your people humbly and
sincerely repent.  Lord, Your people praise Your name.  Thank
You for Immanuel.  Our Savior has come and will be returning
again soon.  We praise You oh LORD!  In Jesus Christ's holy 
name we pray, amen.   


          I Stand In Awe *

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty, enthroned above

     And I stand, I stand in awe of You
     I stand, I stand in awe of You
     Holy God, to whom all praise is due
     I stand in awe of You

You are beautiful beyond description
Yet God cruched You for my sin
In agony and deep affliction
Cut off that I might enter in
Who can grasp such tender compassion?
Who can fathom this mercy so free?
You are beautiful beyond description
Lamb of God who died for me

     And I stand, I stand in awe of You
     I stand, I stand in awe of You
     Holy God, to whom all praise is due
     I stand in awe of You

*  Author:  Sovereign Grace's  Mark Altrogge  (1999)


P.S.  May God Most High bless you through 2021.

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Week of 12/21-25  
(B52;20) 

Psalm 146  (NKJV) 

Praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD, O my soul!  While I live
I will praise the LORD;  I will sing praises to my God while
I have my being.  Do not put your trust in princes,  nor  in a
son of man, in whom  there is  no help.  His spirit departs,
he returns to his earth;  in that very day his plans perish.
Happy  is he  who  has  the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope  is  in the LORD his God, who made heaven 
and earth, the sea, and all that  is  in them;  who keeps
truth forever, who executes justice for the oppressed, who 
gives food to the hungry.  The LORD gives freedom to the
prisoners.  The LORD opens  the eyes  of the blind;  the
LORD raises those who are bowed down;  the LORD 
loves the righteous.  The LORD watches over the strangers;  
he relieves the fatherless and widow;  but the way of the 
wicked He turns upside down.  The LORD shall reign 
forever - your God, O Zion, to all generations.  Praise 
the LORD! 


Father - God of glory, God of grace - blessed and joyful
are those who Hope in You, for You are trustworthy.
Thank You for being Truth, forever Truth.  Thank You
for bringing justice to the oppressed.  Thank You for
delivering us from dark bondages.  Lord, please open
our blind eyes;  uplift Your broken people.  Thank You
for allowing us peace knowing You will, one day, repay
the wicked.  Lord God, You reign forever.  We praise 
You dear Lord God Most High.  Thank You for 
Immanuel - God with us.  Lord Jesus, thank You
for being willing to come and save mankind from the
clutches of satan.  In Christ Jesus' holy name we pray, 
amen.  


          O Holy Night *

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope - the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;

   Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices!
   O night divine!  O night when Christ was born.
   O night, O holy night, O night divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming;
With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand:
So, led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land,
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend;

   He knows our need, to our weakness no stranger!
   Behold your King!  Before Him lowly bend!
   Behold your King - your King before him bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law of love and His gospel is peace;
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother,
And in his name all oppression shall cease,
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we;
Let all within us praise His holy name!

   Christ is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we!
   His pow'r and glory, evermore proclaim!
   His pow'r and glory, evermore proclaim!

*  Lyrics to  O Holy Night  
    by  Adolphe Adam (1847)
    (Thank you Linda!) 

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Week of 12/14-18  
(B51;20) 

Psalm 145  (NKJV) 

I will extol You, my God, O King;  and I will bless Your name 
forever and ever.  Every day I will bless You, and I will praise
Your name forever and ever.  Great  is  the LORD, and greatly
to be praised;  and His greatness  is  unsearchable.  One 
generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall 
declare Your mighty acts.  I will meditate on the glorious 
splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.
Men  shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I
will declare Your greatness.  They shall utter the memory of
Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.
The LORD  is  gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger
and great in mercy.  The LORD  is  good to all, and His tender
mercies  are  over all His works.  All Your works shall praise 
You, O LORD, and Your saints shall bless You.  They shall 
speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power,
to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the
glorious majesty of His kingdom.  Your kingdom  is  an 
everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion  endures  throughout
all generations  The LORD upholds all who fall, and raises up
all  who are  bowed down.  The eyes of all look expectantly to
You, and You give them their food in due season.  You open
Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.  The
LORD  is  righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works.
The LORD  is  near to all who call upon Him, to all who call
upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desire of those who fear
Him;  He also will hear their cry and save them.  The LORD
preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh
shall bless His holy name forever and ever.


Prayer:   Pray this Psalm to the Lord.  In some verses,
               minor adjustment are needed.  Some include:

vs.3   "Great  is  the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
           and His greatness  is  unsearchable."

           Prayer:  Great are You, Oh LORD, and greatly to be
                         praised.  Your greatness is unsearchable.

vv.8, 9   "The LORD  is  gracious and full of compassion, slow
               to anger and great in mercy.  The LORD  is  good to
               all, and His tender mercies  are  over all His works."

               Prayer:  You, Oh LORD, are gracious and full of com-
                             passion - slow to anger and great in mercy.
                             You, Oh LORD, are good to all - Your tender
                             mercies are over all Your works.

vs. 14   "The LORD upholds all who fall, and raises up all
              who are bowed down."

              Prayer:  Oh LORD, You uphold all who fall, and You
                            raise up all who are bowed down.

Blessed be Thou, oh LORD our God, King of the universe.
In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 12/7-11 (B50;20) 

Psalm 144  (NKJV) 

Blessed  be  the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for
war,  and  my fingers for battle - my lovingkindness and my
fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and  the
One  
in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under
me.  LORD, what  is  man, that You take knowledge of him?
Or  the son of man, that You are mindful of him?  Man is like 
a breath;  his days  are  like a passing shadow.  Bow down
Your heavens, O LORD, and come down;  touch the moun-
tains, and they shall smoke.  Flash forth lighning and scatter
them;  shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.  Stretch out
Your hand from above;  rescue me and deliver me out of 
great waters, from the hand of foreigners, whose mouth speak
lying words, and whose right hand  is  a right hand of false-
hood.  I will sing a new song to You, O God;  on a harp of ten
strings I will sing praises to You,  the One  who gives salvation
to kings, who delivers David His servant from the deadly
sword.  Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouth speaks lying words, and whose right hand  is  
right hand of falsehood - that our sons  may be  as plants grown
up in their youth;  that  our daughters  may be  as pillars, sculp-
tured in palace style;  that  our barns  may be  full, supplying
all kinds of produce;  that  our sheep may bring forth thousands
and ten thousands in our fields;  that  our oxen  may be  well
laden;  that there be  no breaking in or going out;  that there be 
no outcry in our streets.  Happy  are  the people who are in 
such a state;  happy  are  the people whose God  is  the LORD!


LORD God, under the authority of Your eternal New Covenant,
we pray this prayer of King David.  We pray for our enemies - 
that they would repent of their actions as a result of being satan's
slaves.  LORD God, soften their hearts to the point of receiving
Your glorious salvation in Jesus Christ Your Son, the One in whom
You were, and are, well pleased.  LORD, deliver us from evil.  
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever
and ever.  In Christ Jesus name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 11/30 - 12/4 (B49;20) 

Please read  (from a  hard copy)  the book of Lamentations
(in the Bible).

Now that you've (hopefully) done so, please read a  hard
copy  
version of Daniel chapter 9.

Note how these two testimonies have similarities - in 
multiple respects.

Now read, from a  hard copy,*  Psalm 32.

Contemporary America (USA) is also depicted in both
Lamentations and Daniel 9. 

Will we repent of  our own  sins and enjoy the blessings
which come when we turn from our wicked ways ?  (see
II Chronicles 7:12-22)

IF  we do so, we, too, will enjoy the Lord's mercy and,
like Jeremiah, could also respond in like manner to that
of Lamentations 3:21:

     "This  [what's written in context]  I recall to my mind,
       therefore I have hope  [in light of what follows this
       21st verse]."

IF  we repent and turn from our rebellion against God,
we, too, will enjoy the Lord's mercy and find ourselves
better relating to Daniel's cry (in Daniel 9:14-19).

Encouraging  application ...

Will we humble ourselves and repent and forsake evil
ways ?  IF  we do so, King David's testimony in Psalm 32
could also be our experience.

OR  will we persist in our hard-hearted stubbornness,
a pride-based expression depicted, in one way, in 
Jeremiah 6:16ff ?


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    mail@endmin.com  for details.  We'll send you a free copy
    if  you would but help us with mailing costs.

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Week of 11/23-27 (B48;20) 

Psalm  130  (NKJV)

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD;
Lord, hear my voice!  Let Your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications.  If You, LORD, 
should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But  there is  forgiveness with You, that You may
be feared.  I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, 
and in His word I do hope.  My soul  waits  for 
the Lord more than those who watch for the
morning -  Yes, more than  those who watch 
for morning.  O Israel, hope in the LORD;  for
with the LORD  there is  mercy, and with Him 
is  abundant redemption.  And He shall redeem
Israel from all his iniquities. 
 

Precious Holy Father, glory to Your name.  We exalt 
You during this sweet Thanksgiving Season.  Thank You
for Your redemtive plan for mankind under the eternal
New Covenant in Jesus Christ Your Son.  O Church,
hope in the LORD;  for with the LORD  there is
mercy, and with Him  there is  abundant redemp-
tion.  Lord God, You shall redeem all mankind from
their iniquities, for those who come to You and humbly
accept  Your  provision of forgiveness of sin through 
Christ Jesus our Savior.  God, You alone are Savior. 
Thank You for Your wonderful Son.  Even so, please
come quickly Lord Jesus.  Amen  

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Week of 11/16-20  (B47;20) 

Psalm  117  &  I Chron. 16:23-36  (NKJV - bold emphasis ours)

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!  Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth
of the LORD  endures  forever.  Praise the LORD! 

Sing to the LORD, all the earth;  proclaim the good news of His
salvation from day to day.  Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.  For the LORD  is  great and
greatly to be praised;  He  is  also to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples  are  idols, but the LORD made
the heavens.  Honor and majesty  are  before Him;  strength
and gladness are in His place.  Give to the LORD, O families
of the peoples, give to the LORD glory and strength.  Give to
the LORD the glory  due  His name;  bring an offering, and 
come before Him.  Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of
holiness!  Tremble before Him, all the earth.  The world also
is firmly established, it shall not be moved.  Let the heavens
rejoice, and let the earth be glad;  and let them say among
the nations, "the LORD reigns."  Let the sea roar, and all
its fulness;  let the field rejoice, and all that  is  in it.  Then
the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the LORD, for
He is coming to judge the earth.  Oh, give thanks to the LORD,
for  He is  good!  For His mercy  endures  forever.  And say,
"Save us, O God of our salvation;  gather us together, and
deliver us from the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your holy name,
to triumph in Your praise."  Blessed  be  the LORD God of
Israel from everlasting to everlasting!  And all the people said,
"Amen!" and praised the LORD. 
 

Precious Lord Jesus, we honor You and in doing so, we
honor our Heavenly Father - YHWH God Most High.  Lord,
thank You for Your amazing mercies - new every morning.
Even so, please come quickly dear Shepherd of our souls.
Gather us up together*  as You have promised in Mt. 24:31
and I Thes. 2.  In Your glorious name we pray, amen.  

*  See this most hopeful promise by  clicking here.

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Week of 11/9-13  (B46;20) 

Psalm  117  &  I Chron. 16:8-27 - note the context!   (NKJV)

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!  Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth
of the LORD  endures  forever.  Praise the LORD! 

Oh, give thanks to the LORD!  Call upon His name;  make
known His deeds among the peoples!  Sing to Him, sing psalms
to Him;  talk of all His wondrous works!  Glory in His holy name; 
let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!  Seek the 
LORD and His strength;  seek His face evermore!  Remember
His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the
judgments of His mouth, O seed of Israel His servant, You 
children of Jacob, His chosen ones!  He  is  the LORD our God;
His judgments  are  in all the earth.  Remember His covenant 
forever;  the word which He commanded, for a thousand 
generations,  the covenant which  He made with Abraham, 
and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
to Israel  for  an everlasting covenant, saying, "To you I will 
give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance,"
when you were few in number;  indeed very few, and strangers
in it.  When they went from one nation to another;  and from
one  kingdom to another people, He permitted no man to do
them wrong;  yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,  saying,
"Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm."
Sing to the LORD, all the earth;  proclaim the good news of His
salvation from day to day.  Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.  For the LORD  is  great and
greatly to be praised;  He  is  also to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples  are  idols, but the LORD made
the heavens.  Honor and majesty  are  before Him;  strength
and gladness are in His place.  
 

Precious Lord Jesus, we honor You and in doing so, we
honor our Heavenly Father - YHWH God Most High.  Lord,
thank You for Your amazing mercies - new every morning.
Even so, please come quickly dear Shepherd of our souls.
In Your glorious name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 11/2-6  (B45;20) 

Psalm  2  (NKJV)

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take
counsel together, against the LORD and against His 
Annointed,  saying,  "Let us break Their bonds in pieces
and cast away Their cords from us."  
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;  the LORD shall 
hold them in derision.  Then He shall speak to them in His
wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure:  "Yet I
have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the
decree:  The LORD has said to Me, 'You  are  My Son, today
I have begotten You.  Ask of Me, and I will give  You  the 
nations  for  Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth  for
You possession.  You shall break them with a rod of iron; 
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.'"  
Now therefore, be wise, O kings;  be instructed, you judges
of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear;  and rejoice with
trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish
in  the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed
are  all those who put their trust in Him.  
 

Precious Lord God Most High, we exalt You in these 
exciting days before Your Son's glorious initial appearing.
Thank You that You're fully aware of the plots of men.  Thank
You for calling us to separate from the world and come out
from it.  We bow to Your plan for the ages - for Your upcoming
humbling of man when You begin pouring out Your judgments
and wrath.  Lord, help us honor You during this time when You
judge the earth.  Help us not to fault You and slip into an
apostate attitude.  Help us put our trust in You.  And LORD,
open the eyes of the world leaders who experience the 
pressures to contribute to the building of the one world
system.  Help them  see  the big picture and realize that
one day, darkness will overtake their global, secular,
socialistic plans  and  then move on to bring in the time
known by many as  Daniel's 70th Week.  Until that  day,
precious Father, may Your people in Jesus Christ Your
Son abide in Your Vine and walk in Your Holy Spirit.  In
the holy name of Your Son, Jesus Christ we pray, amen.  

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Week of 10/26-30  (B44;20) 

Psalm 100 (NLT)

Shout with joy to the LORD, O earth!  Worship the LORD
with gladness.  Come before him, singing with joy.  Acknow-
ledge that the LORD is God!  He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates
with thanksgiving;  go into his courts with praise.  Give thanks
to him and bless his name.  For the LORD is good.  His un-
failing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues
to each generation.  
 

Holy heavenly Father, thank You for YOU!  You alone are
God Most High.  We give You thanks and praise.  We bless
Your holy name.  Lord, move dark America back to Your
precious light.  May we confess our apostasy, claim Your
forgiveness and walk differently as a result of allowing You
to govern our lives in our new-born state.  Thank You for the 
glorious fruits of Your Spirit.  May we thrive therein as we yeild 
to You and Your transcendent ways.  Ultimately, LORD, may we 
do so for Your glory and praise.  In Jesus Christ's holy name
we pray, amen.  

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Week of 10/19-23  (B43;20) 

Psalm 99 (NLT)

The LORD is king!  Let the nations tremble!  He sits on his
throne between the cherubim.  Let the whole earth quake!
The LORD sits in majesty in Jerusalem, supreme above all
the nations.  Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Your name is holy!  Mighty king, lover of justice, you have
established fairness.  You have acted with justice and 
righteousness throughout Israel.  Exalt the LORD our God!
Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!  Moses and Aaron
were among his priests;  Samuel also called on his name.
They cried to the LORD for help, and he answered them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud, and they
followed the decrees and principles he gave them.  O
LORD our God, you answered them.  You were a forgiving
God, but you punished them when they went wrong.  Exalt
the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain in
Jerusalem, for the LORD our God is holy! 

Holy heavenly Father, thank You for revealing to us Your
standard of fairness!  You alone are, from everlasting to ever-
lasting, God.  You sustain Your creation and are involved in
the affairs of man.  Thank You for helping us discern the
evils of our day.  May Your kind Word, as He indwells Your
children in Christ by Your/His Holy Spirit, continue to guide
us in these dark days.  You are King.  You are LORD.  May
we walk in Your footsteps while You were Immanuel.  May
we bow in humility before You.  And THANK YOU LORD
God for Your full glories.  May we enjoy Your patient mercies
while at the same time acknoweledge You punish Your own
when we stray.  May we accept Your Fatherly care when we
need Your hand of discipline.  May it lead us to turn from our
erring ways;  may Your Spirit guard our hearts against bitter
response.  We exalt You oh LORD God and worship at
Your feet, for You are holy!  In Jesus Christ's holy name
we pray, amen.  

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Week of 10/12-16  (B42;20) 

Psalm 94:1-8 (NLT) ; Psalm 117 (NLT)  &  Psalm 118:1-9 (NLT)

O LORD, the God to whom vengeance belongs, 
O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice be seen!
Arise, O judge of the earth.  Sentence the proud to the
penalties they deserve.  How long, O LORD?  How long
will the wicked be allowed to gloat?  Hear their arrogance!
How these evildoers boast!  They oppress your people,
LORD, hurting those you love.  They kill widows and
foreigners and murder orphans.
"The LORD isn't looking," they say, "and besides, the
God of Israel doesn't care."  Think again, you fools!
When will you finally catch on?


Praise the LORD, all you nations.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.
For he loves us with unfailing love;  the
faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!


Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!  His faithful love
endures forever.  Let the congregation of Israel repeat:  "His
faithful love endures forever."  Let Aaron's descendants, the
priests, repeat:  "His faithful love endures forever."  Let all
who fear the LORD repeat:  "His faithful love endures forever."
In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered
me and rescued me.  The LORD is for me, so I will not be
afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?  Yes, the LORD
is for me;  he will help me.  I will look in triumph at those
who hate me.  It is better to trust the LORD than to put
confidence in people.  It is better to trust the LORD than
to put confidence in princes. 

Gracious Creator God.  Have mercy on us, we pray.  Thank
You for Your Son who takes away the sin of the world.  LORD,
help those who are not  in  Your Son to accept Your loving care
as expressed through His death and resurrection on our behalf. 
Help open their eyes to see the wonders of Your salvation.  And,
O LORD Most High, send judgment upon those who insist on
evil, including the divisive politicians who contiue waging
civil war against us.  Silence them, O LORD, through means
only You could extend whereby the world would have further
reason to fear You.  Silence them by softening their hearts;  
silence them through Your supernatural judgments;  silence 
them by taking their very lives if it would serve Your righteous 
purposes.  LORD, bring judgment upon those who murder
orphans, including those who take the lives of the unborn.
LORD, we pray for our enemies, asking  Your will be done
in their lives.  And LORD, thank You for Your loving mercies.
Indeed, Your faithful love endures forever.  We praise Your
holy name.  In Jesus Christ's authoritative name I pray, amen.

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Week of 10/5-9  (B41;20) 

Psalm 119:169-176 (NLT) ;  Mark 13:28-37 (NKJV)

O LORD, listen to my cry;  give me the discerning mind you
promised.  Listen to my prayer;  rescue me as you promised.
Let my lips burst forth with praise, for you have taught me 
your principles.  Let my tongue sing about your word, for
all your commands are right.  Stand ready to help me, for I
have chosen to follow your commandments.  O LORD, I have
longed for your salvation, and your law is my delight.  Let me
live so I can praise you, and may your laws sustain me.  I 
have wandered away like a lost sheep;  come and find me,
for I have not forgotten your commands.
 

[ Jesus Christ  speaking ]  "Now learn this parable from the
fig tree:  When its branch has already become tender, and
puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also,
when you see these things happening, know that it is near - at
the doors!  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no
means pass away till all these things take place.  Heaven and
earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in
heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Take heed, watch and
pray;  for you do not know when the time is.  It is  like a man
going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to
his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the door-
keeper to watch.  Watch, therefore, for you do not know when 
the master of the house is coming - in the evening, at midnight,
at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest, coming
suddenly, he find you sleeping.  And what I say to you, I say
to all:  Watch!"

Gracious Heavenly Father, Your Counsel is so appreciated - thank 
You!  May the portion of the Psalm above be our prayer.  Thank 
You so for Your shepherding love for us.  Please keep us on Your
staight and narrow path as Your Son has so taught.  Lord, may
this be the generation which sees Your prophetic revelation come
to pass.  Give us eyes to behold the treasures in Your kind Counsel.
May we balance our not knowing the day nor the hour with the
Counsel of Your Son to be in a state of watchfulness.  Guard us
against ill-preparedness - sleepiness in these frog-in-the-kettle
days.  Help us discern the hour Lord.  In Jesus Christ's name
we pray:  "Please come quickly Lord Jesus!"  

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Week of 9/28 - 10/2  (B40;20) 

Psalm 119:161-168 (NLT) ;  Mark 13:24-27 (NKJV)

Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles
only at your word.  I rejoice in your word like one who finds a great
treasure.  I hate and abhor all falsehood, but I love your law.  I will
praise you seven times a day because all your laws are just.  
Those who love your law have great peace and do not stumble.
I long for your salvation, LORD, so I have obeyed your commands.
I have obeyed your decrees, and I love them very much.  Yes, I
obey your commandments and decrees, because you know
everything I do. 


[ Jesus Christ  speaking ]  "But in those days, after that tribulation,
the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;  the
stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be
shaken.  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds
with great power and glory.  And then He will send His angels, and
gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest
part of earth to the farthest part of heaven."

Lord Jesus, Your Counsel is so very appreciated - thank You!
Help Your people take note concerning the accuracy of Your
prophetic Word.  LORD, we lift Your name on high.  May we 
shine Your light to a needy generation in these days preceding
the time when the sun, moon and stars will darken following
the great earth quake of Revelation 6:12.  As has taken place
through history in various ways, may the luminaries of Your 
glorious heaven  speak  once again.  May they be a spectacular
display, one which immediately precedes the initial appearing 
of Your Son in such a way as to capture the attention of the
entire earth.  Yes, LORD, thank You for Joel 2, Acts 2, 
Matthew 24:29, 30  and  Revelation 6:12, 13.  Until that
time, though, O LORD Most High, help Your children in
Jesus Christ endure the upcoming war against Your Saints.
May we indeed resolve to  endure to the end  during this
most challenging time.  And LORD, help Norma, Rebecca,
Venita, Brett, Eric, Joy and Denny in their time of trial.  In 
the holy name of Your Son, Christ Jesus we pray, amen.  

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Week of 9/21-25  (B39;20) 

Psalm 119:153-160 (NLT) ;  Mark 13:14-23 (NKJV)

Look down upon my sorrows and rescue me, for I have not
forgotten your law.  Argue my case;  take my side!  Protect 
my life as you promised.  The wicked are far from salvation,
for they do not bother with your principles.  LORD, how great
is your mercy;  in your justice, give me back my life.  Many  
persecute and trouble me, yet I have not swerved from your
decrees.  I hate these traitors because they care nothing for
your word.  See how I love your commandments, LORD.
Give back my life because of your unfailing love.  All your
words are true;  all your just laws will stand forever. 


[ Jesus Christ  speaking ]  "So when you see the 'abomination 
of desolation,'  
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where
it ought not" (let the reader understand), "then let those who are
in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop
not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his
house.  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his
clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who
are nursing babies in those days!  And pray that your flight may
not be in winter.  For  in  those days there will be tribulation,
such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which
God created until this time, nor ever shall be.  And unless the
Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved;  but
for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here  is  the Christ!'  or, 
'Look,  He is  there!'  do not believe it.  For false christs and
false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to 
deceive, if possible, even the elect.  But take heed;  see, 
I have told you all things beforehand."

Holy Heavenly Father, help Your Church to honor You by
obeying James 4:4.  Indeed friendship with this dark world
is a betrayal before You.  Thank You for this Psalm which
fosters better relational balance with You in light of the full
Counsel of Your Word.  Lord, help us better prepare for the
days ahead as we take on more of Your perspective as we
press on in abiding in Your Vine, our Savior.  Thank You for
telling us of crucial things "beforehand."   In Jesus Christ's 
name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 9/14-18  (B38;20) 

Psalm 119:145-152 (NLT) ;  Mark 13:1-13 (NKJV)

I pray with all my heart;  answer me, LORD!  I will obey
your principles.  I cry out to you;  save me, that I may
obey your decrees.  I rise early, before the sun is up;
I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.  I stay
awake through the night, thinking about your promise.
In your faithful love, O LORD, hear my cry;  in your
justice, save my life.  Those lawless people are coming
near to attack me;  they live far from your law.  But you
are near, O LORD, and all your commands are true.  I
have known from my earliest days that your decrees
never change.  


Then as He  [ Jesus Christ ]  went out of the temple, one
of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, see what manner
of stones and what buildings  are here !"  And Jesus 
answered and said to him, "Do you see these great 
buildings?  Not  one  stone shall be left upon another,
that shall not be thrown down."  Now as He sat on the
Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John,
and Andrew asked Him privately, "Tell  us, when will these
things be?  And what  will be  the sign when all these things
will be fulfilled?"  And Jesus, answering them, began to say:
"Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in
My name saying, 'I am  He,'  and will deceive many.  But when
you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled, for
such things  must happen, but the end is not yet.  For nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And
there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be
famines and troubles.  These  are  the beginning of sorrows.
But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to
councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues.  You 
will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a
testimony to them.  And the gospel must first be preached
to all the nations.  But when they arrest you and deliver you
up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will
speak.  But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that;
for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.  Now bro-
ther will betray brother to death, and a father  his  child,
and children will rise up against parents and cause them
to be put to death.  And you will be hated by all for My
name's sake.  But he who endures to the end shall be 
saved."

 

Precious Heavenly Father, we exalt Your great name.  We
praise You for Your essential revelation to us.  My, O LORD,
where would we be without Your Word!  Thank You for gracing
us with it.  We are sincerely grateful.  And Abba Father, thank
You for Your generous Counsel concerning crucial details about
the end of days.  Thank You for sharing these words of Counsel
through Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  May we be wise in
response and heed Your instructions to us.  Thank You for 
Your Holy Spirit within us, helping us to obey.  Please, in Your
mercy and grace, continue allowing us discernment of present
culture as we listen to Your awesome, insightful instruction to-
ward the end of  enduring to the end.  Lord, Your Counsel in
Psalm 74 is nothing short of amazing.  THANK YOU!  In the
sweet name of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ 
we pray, amen.  

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Week of 9/7-11  (B37;20) 

Psalm 119:137-144 (NLT) ;  Matthew 25:31-46 (NKJV)

O LORD, you are righteous, and your decisions are fair.
Your decrees are perfect;  they are entirely worthy of our trust.
I am overwhelmed with rage, for my ememies have disregarded
your words.  Your promises have been thoroughly tested;  that
is why I love them so much.  I am insignificant and despised,
but I don't forget your commandments.  Your justice is eternal,
and your law is perfectly true.  As pressure and stress bear
down on me, I find joy in your commands.  Your decrees are
always fair;  help me to understand them, that I may live. 


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "When the Son of Man comes in His
glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the
throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him,
and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd
divides  his  sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep
on His right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then the King will
say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the founda-
tion of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food;  I was
thirsty and you gave Me drink;  I was a stranger and you took Me
in;  I  was  naked and you clothed Me;  I was sick and you visited
Me;  I was in prison and you came to Me.'  Then the righteous
will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry
and feed  You,  or thirsty and give  You  drink?  When did we
see You a stranger and take  You  in, or naked and clothe  You ?
Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You ?'
And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to
you, inasmuch as you did  it  to one of the least of these My
brethren, you did  it  to Me.'  Then He will also say to those on
the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting
fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was hungry and
you gave Me no food;  I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did
not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'  Then
they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You
hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and
did not minister to You?'  Then He will answer them, saying, 
'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do  it  to one
of the least of these, you did not do  it  to Me.'  And these will
go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into
eternal life.'"

 

Glorious YHVH God, You alone are God.  Your rightoues
justice is fair, even when You send judgment on the earth
to encourage us to turn from our wicked ways.  Lord, thank
You for loving through Your hand of discipline.  Help the lost
to understand this HUGE fact.  Help even Your people in
Christ to accept this HUGE fact.  Help us all to see Your just
judgment comes with the hope of repentance, for one day
You will indeed judge in the context of our  eternal state.
Lord, we would be sheep, not goats.  Help us Lord, to walk
in newness of life in Your Son whereby we do good deeds
which are pleasing in Your sight.  We love Your Word oh
God Most High.  And, Father God, thank You for Your kind
Spirit.  May we walk day by day in Him.  In Jesus Christ's 
holy name we pray, amen.  

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W
eek of 8/31 - 9/4  (B36;20) 

Psalm 119:129-136 (NLT) ;  Matthew 25:19-30 (NKJV)

Your decrees are wonderful.  No wonder I obey them!
As your words are taught, they give light;  even the simple
can understand them.  I open my mouth, panting expectantly,
longing for your commands.  Come and show me your mercy,
as you do for all who love your name.  Guide my steps by your
word, so I will not be overcome by any evil.  Rescue me from
the oppression of evil people;  then I can obey your command-
ments.  Look down on me with love;  teach me all your principles.  
Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your 
law.  


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "For  the kingdom of heaven is  like a 
man traveling to a far country,  who  called his own servants and 
delivered his goods to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to 
another two, and to another one, to each according to his own 
ability;  and immediately he went on a journey.  Then he who had 
received the five talents went and traded with them, and made 
another five talents.  And likewise he who  had received  two
gained two more also.  But he who had received one went and 
dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money.  After a long time
the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
So he who had received five talents came and brought five
other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents;
look, I have gained five more talents besides them.'  His lord
said to him, 'Well  done,  good and faithful servant;  you were
faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
Enter into the joy of your lord.'  He also who had received two
talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents;
look, I have gained two more talents besides them.'  His lord
said to him, 'Well  done,  good and faithful servant;  you have
been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many
things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.'  Then he who had
received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to
be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and 
gathering where you have not scattered seed.  And I was 
afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.  Look,
there  you have  what  is yours.'  But his lord answered and
said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I
reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not
scattered seed.  So you ought to have deposited my money
with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received
back my own with interest.  Therefore take the talent from
him, and give  it  to him who has ten talents.  For to every-
one who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance;
but from him who does not have, even what he has will be
taken away.  And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer
darkness.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"

 

Glorious Heavenly Father, thank You for Your generous
talent gifting.  May we take what You have so lovingly given
and invest our lives in Your eternal Kingdom.  May we do so
for your glory and praise, knowing that what You graciously
grant by way of  reward  will be used throughout eternity to
bring You even further glory and praise.  YHVH Father God,
thank You for being so generous to us.  We adore You - You
who are the one and only God.  In the name of Your holy
Son, Jesus Christ, we pray, amen.

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Week of 8/24-28  (B35;20)

Psalm 49  (NLT)

Listen to this, all you people!  Pay attention, everyone 
in the world!  High and low, rich and poor - listen!
For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.
I listen carefully to many proverbs and solve riddles with inspira-
tion from a harp.  There is no need to fear when times of trouble
come, when enemies are surrounding me.  They trust in their
wealth and boast of great riches.  Yet they cannot redeem them-
selves from death by paying a ransom to God.  Redemption does
not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough to live forever
and never see the grave.  Those who are wise must finally die,
just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind.
The grave is their eternal home, where they will stay forever.
They may name their estates after themselves, but they leave
their wealth to others.  They will not last long despite their
riches - they will die like the animals.  This is the fate of fools,
though they will be remembered as being so wise.     Interlude 
Like sheep, they are led to the grave, where death will be 
their shepherd.  In the moring the godly will rule over them.
Their bodies will rot in the grave, far from their grand estates.
But as for me, God will redeem my life.  He will snatch me 
from the power of death.                                                  Interlude  
So don't be dismayed when the wicked grow rich, and their
homes become ever more splendid.  For when they die, they
carry nothing with them.  Their wealth will not follow them into
the grave.  In this life they consider themselves fortunate, and
the world loudly applauds their success.  But they will die like
all others before them and never again see the light of day.
People who boast of their wealth don't understand that they
will die like the animals.  


Father God, You are great and we adore Thee.  Thank
You for Your gracious rescue from the uglies of eternal
death in the grave, yes, but also in the Lake of Fire.  Thank
You for Your dear Son who rescues us from the eternal wrath
to come.  Lord, may folks consider Your strong, gracious and
glorious deliverance!  May they say "yes" to the gift Your 
beloved Son offers them.  In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 8/17-21  (B34;20) 

Psalm 119:121-128 (NLT) ;  Matthew 25:14-18 (NKJV)

Don't leave me to the mercy of my enemies, for I have done
what is just and right. Please guarantee a blessing for me. 
Don't let those who are arrogant oppress me!  My eyes strain
to see your deliverance, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled. 
I am your servant;  deal with me in unfailing love, and teach me
your principles.  Give discernment to me, your servant;  then I will 
understand your decrees.  LORD, it is time for you to act, for these 
evil people have broken your law.  Truly, I love your commands 
more than gold, even the finest gold.  Truly, each of your 
commandments is right.  That is why I hate every false way.


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "For  the kingdom of heaven is  like a 
man traveling to a far country,  who  called his own servants and 
delivered his goods to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to 
another two, and to another one, to each according to his own 
ability;  and immediately he went on a journey.  Then he who had 
received the five talents went and traded with them, and made 
another five talents.  And likewise he who had received two
gained two more also.  But he who had received one went and 
dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money.

 

Glorious Heavenly Father ...

Amen to the psalmist's appeals above, especially in light of
our New Covenant perspective in Jesus Christ Your holy Son.
May we demonstrate our love for You through our acts of 
obedience, oh Lord God, Most High.  Help us, as we walk
in Your Spirit, to be faithful stewards unto Your glory and
praise.  Thank You for being so generous to us dear Father.
In Christ Jesus we pray, amen.   

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Week of 8/10-14  (B33;20) 

Psalm 119:113-120 (NLT) ;  Matthew 25:1-13 (NKJV - emphasis ours)

I hate those who are undecided about you, but my choice
is clear - I love your law.  You are my refuge and my shield;
your word is my only source of hope.  Get out of my life, you
evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the commands of my
God.  LORD, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!  Do
not let my hope be crushed.  Sustain me and I will be saved;  
then I will meditate on your principles continually.  But you 
have rejected all who stray from your principles.  They are
only fooling themselves.  All the wicked of the earth are the 
scum you skim off;  no wonder I love to obey your decrees!
I tremble in fear of you;  I fear your judgments." 


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Then the kingdom of heaven shall 
be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to
meet the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise, and five 
were  foolish.  Those who  were  foolish took their lamps and
took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels 
with their lamps.  But while the bridegroom was delayed,
they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight a cry was
heard:  'Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet
him!'  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us  some  of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.'  But the wise answered, saying,
'No,  lest there should not be enough for us and you;  but go
rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'  And while
they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were
ready went in with him to the wedding;  and the door was shut.
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open
to us!'  But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do
not know you.'  Watch therefore, for you know neither the
day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
"

 

Glorious Heavenly Father ...
At times it's challenging to repeat the Psalm reading above.
Yet, we endure in following Your examples to us.  May we
heed Your instruction in II Timothy 3:1-5  and  discern the
wisdom of obedience to verse 5!  We don't want the dark-
ness of culture today to affect our walk with You.  Lord, like
Lot we cry out, 'deliver us from our evil day.'  Lord, please
come quickly.  The evils of our day are pressing.  Lord, we
cry out, 'deliver us from the worldly bondages,' similar to
the cries of Your people in bondage in Egypt millennia ago.
Like them, Lord, help us to be patient for YOUR timing of
deliverance.  Until then, even when early plagues fall, help
us endure in honoring You.  Keep us from faulting You as
Your righteous judgments are sent.  And Lord, even now
we say THANK YOU for Your deliverace from the days
when Your full wrath will be poured upon the earth dwellers.  
Help us to be prepared virgins who wait for You with Your
sufficient provisions in both hand and heart.  Thank You,
precious Lord Jesus, for Your faithfulness endures forever.  
Your compassionate mercies are new every morning.  Even
so, please come quickly Lord Jesus!  Amen 

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Week of 8/3-7  (B32;20) 

Psalm 119:105-112 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:45-51 (NKJV)

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
I've promised it once, and I'll promise again:  I will obey
your wonderful laws.  I have suffered much, O LORD;
restore my life again, just as you promised.  LORD, 
accept my grateful thanks and teach me your laws.  My
life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop
obeying your law.  The wicked have set their traps for me
along your path, but I will not turn from your command-
ments.  Your decrees are my treasure;  they are truly my
heart's delight.  I am determined to keep your principles,
even forever, to the very end.     


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Who then is a faithful and wise 
servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, 
to give them food is due season?  Blessed  is  that servant
whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.  
Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all
his goods.  But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My 
master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat  his 
fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,
the master of that servant will come on a day when he is
not looking for  him  and at an hour that he is not aware of,
and will cut him in two and appoint  him  his portion with the
hypocrites.  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."  


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And Lord, as we seek Your instruction - as we ponder Your
kind Word - please open our eyes that we may behold the
wonderful things that are therein.  Father God, in light of
Your Son's instruction, help us to take seriously Your Son's
marching orders in these verses, ones through which You
express care to us and those to whom we minister as we
provide food during days filled with lack.  Help us give 
generously as Your Son did when He fed the thousands. 
Help us to redeem these times unto Your glory and praise.  
We love You Lord.  Thank You for first loving us!  With
deep praise and gratitude in the Lord Jesus we pray, amen.  

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Week of 7/27-31  (B31;20) 

Psalm 119:97-104 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:36-44 (NKJV)

Oh, how I love your law!  I think about it all day long.
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for
your commands are my constant guide.  Yes, I have
more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking
of your decrees.  I am even wiser than my elders, for I
have kept your commandments.  I have refused to walk
on any path of evil, that I may remain obedient to your
word.  I haven't turned away from your laws, for you 
have taught me well.  How sweet are your words to my
taste;  they are sweeter than honey.  Your command-
ments give me understanding;  no wonder I hate
every false way of life.     


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "But of that day and hour no one
knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
But as the days of Noah  were,  so also will the coming of
the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they
were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know
until the flood came and took them all away, so also will be
the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two  men  will be in
the field:  one will be taken and the other left.  Two  women
will be  grinding at the mill:  one will be taken and the other
left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your
Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the 
house had known what hour the thief would come, he 
would have watched and not allowed his house to be
broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of
Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."  


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And Lord, thank You for exposing false interpretations of Your
Word as we consult parallel passages concerning Your Son's
Counsel.  Thank You for clarity in Luke 17:20-37 as You also
include Lot in Your similes.  Indeed, the gathering of Your
Church will take place and those left behind will then incur 
Your Bowls of Wrath.  Even so, please come quickly Lord
Jesus.  In Your holy name we pray, amen.  

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W
eek of 7/20-24  (B30;20) 

Psalm 119:89-96 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:32-35 (NKJV)

Forever, O LORD, your word stands firm in heaven.
Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring
as the earth you created.  Your laws remain true today, for
everything serves your plans.  If your law hadn't sustained
me with joy, I would have died in my misery.  I will never
forget your commandments, for you have used them to
restore my joy and health.  I am yours; save me!  For I 
have applied myself to obey your commandments.  
Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will
quiet my mind on your decrees.  Even perfection has its
limits, but your commands have no limit.     


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Now learn this parable from the
fig tree:  When its branch has already become tender and
puts forth leaves, you know that summer  is  near.  So you
also, when you see all these things, know that it is near -
at the doors!  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will
by no means pass away till all these things take place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by
no means pass away."  


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And Lord, thank You for coming soon.  This is indeed the
final generation before Your Son's glorious return.  Until His
glorious revealing, please help Your children discern our dark
culture and thus be  watchful  as You, Lord Jesus, have so
clearly outlined.  In the process of being Your Ambassadors, 
Lord, help us to be intruments of reconciliation with You as 
we hearld Your Good News to mankind.  May we Your sheep 
be about  Your  mandates to us - Pertinent, God-Honoring 
Evangelism (PG-HE)  &  Contemporary Bible Discipleship  
(CBD)  unto Your glory and praise.  Yes Lord, please help us 
better discern the present global realities  and  act in accord 
with Your full-picture reality, one which so graciously includes
this:  Your Son's glorious initial appearing is soon.  Dear Father, 
help us redeem the time, for the days are indeed evil.  In Your 
holy Son's - Jesus Christ's - precious name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 7/13-17  (B29;20) 

Psalm 119:81-88 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:29-31 (NKJV)

I faint with longing for your salvation;  but I have put my
hope in your word.  My eyes are straining to see your 
promises come true.  When will you comfort me?  I am
shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, exhausted with
waiting.  But I cling to your principles and obey them.
How long must I wait?  When will you punish those who
persecute me?  These arrogant people who hate your
law have dug deep pits for me to fall into.  All your
commands are trustworthy.  Protect me from those
who hunt me down without cause.  They almost finish
me off, but I refuse to abandon your commandments.
In your unfailing love, spare my life;  then I can con-
tinue to obey your decrees.    


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Immediately after the tribulation
of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not
give its light;  the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers
of the heavens will be shaken.  Then the sign of the Son of 
Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth
will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will
send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one
end of heaven to the other."  


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And Lord, thank You for coming soon.  Until Your glorious
revealing, please help Your children  endure to the end.  
Help us to be intruments of reconciliation with You as we
hearld Your Good News to mankind.  May Your sheep 
discern one of our great needs today, instruction penned 
long ago in Mt. 28:18-20.  Lord, help us discern our day
and realize Your Son's glorious initial appearing is soon.
Father, help us redeem the time, for the days are indeed 
evil.  In Your beloved Son's holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 7/6-10  (B28;20) 

Psalm 119:73-80 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:15-28 (NKJV)

You made me;  you created me.  Now give me the sense
to follow your commands.  May all who fear you find in me
a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word.  I know,
O LORD, that your decisions are fair;  you disciplined me
because I needed it.  Now let your unfailing love comfort me,
just as you promised me, your servant.  Surround me with 
your tender mercies so I may live, for your law is my delight.
Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me;
meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.  Let
me be reconciled with all who fear you and know your decrees.
May I be blameless in keeping your principles;  then I will
never have to be ashamed.    


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Therefore when you see the 
'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him under-
stand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything
out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back
to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and 
to those who are nursing babies in those days!  And pray
that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.  For
then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been
since the beginning of the world, until this time, no, nor 
ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no
flesh would be saved;  but for the elect's sake those days
will be shortened.  Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here
is  the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe  it.  For false christs
and false prophets will rise and show great signs and won-
ders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have
told you beforehand.  Therefore if they say to you, 'Look,
He is in the desert!' do not go out;  or  'Look,  He is  in the
inner rooms!'  do not believe  it.  For as the lightning comes
from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the 
coming of the Son of Man be.  For wherever the carcass
is, there the eagles will be gathered together."


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Most High, we honor and praise Your holy name.  We exalt You
together.  Father, may Your precious Holy Spirit be our means
to walk appropriately with You.  Help us, even in our seeking 
understanding from Your Word, to rightly divide Your Word of Truth.
Help us discern our day given the spirit of antichrist continues to
manifest itself - even in churches - through false teachers, false
christs and false prophets.  And when the day of the miraculous 
false christs and false prophets come, if we remain, may we heed
Your Son's instruction above.  Until that day, may we take up our
crosses daily as we die to self and follow Him.  In Jesus Christ's 
name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 6/29 - 7/3  (B27;20) 

Psalm 119:65-72 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:9-14 (NKJV)

You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as
you promised.  I believe in your commands;  now teach
me good judgment and knowledge.  I used to wander
off until you disciplined me;  but now I closely follow
your word.  You are good and do only good;  teach me
your principles.  Arrogant people have made up lies
about me, but in truth I obey your commandments with
all my heart.  Their hearts are dull and stupid, but I
delight in your law.  The suffering you sent was good
for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your 
principles.  Your law is more valuable to me than
millions in gold and silver!    


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Then they will deliver you up to
tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations
for My name's sake.  And then many will be offended, will
betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many
false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because
lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 
But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this
gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world
as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Beloved LORD, great is Your love for us.  Even in these
days filled with dark rejection of Your wonders, You love
us.  Thank You Lord God Most High.  And we once again
praise You for providing miraculous means for us to rise 
above our present circumstances and live abundantly.
All praise and honor and glory to Your name.  So, LORD,
do grace us with Your Holy Spirit within us so that we may
indeed endure to the end.  Help us love others, even in 
evil settings.  May we be Christ-like as we partake in the 
sufferings of Your beloved Son.  We sure have a hard time 
comprehending the world's  hate  toward You.  May Your 
love be that which allows us, in part, to overcome - to rise
above the darkness of this hour.  Father YHVH God, it's all
about Your Son.  Glory to Your name.  In Jesus Christ's
name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 6/22-26  (B26;20) 

Psalm 119:57-64 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:1-8 (NKJV)

LORD, you are mine!  I promise to obey your words!
With all my heart I want your blessings.  Be merciful
just as you promised.  I pondered the direction of my
life, and I turned to follow your statutes.  I will hurry,
without lingering, to obey your commands.  Evil 
people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored
to your law.  At midnight I rise to thank you for your just
laws.  Anyone who fears you is my friend - anyone who
obeys your commandments.  O LORD, the earth is full
of your unfailing love;  teach me your principles.    


Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and
His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the
temple.  And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these
things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not  one  stone shall be
left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came
to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be?
And what  will be  the sign of Your coming, and of the end
of the age?"  And Jesus answered and said to them:  "Take
heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My
name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.  And
you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are
not troubled;  for all  these things  must come to pass, but
the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, 
pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these
are the beginning of sorrows."


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And LORD, thank You for informing us on the  end of days.
Open our eyes whereby we discern the lateness of the hour.
Help us heed Your commands, ones which You've graciously
given us through Jesus Christ Your beloved Son.  Yes LORD,
THANK YOU for His instruction in Matthew 24 & 25!  May we
be Your  accurate  Ambassadors during these days just prior
to Your Son's initial appearing.  Help us, LORD, endure to
the end.  In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 6/15-19  (B25;20) 

Psalm 119:49-56 (NLT) ;  Revelation 3:14-22 (ESV)

Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope.
Your promise revives me;  it comforts me in all my troubles.
The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn
away from your law.  I meditate on your age-old laws;
O LORD, they comfort me.  I am furious with the wicked,
those who reject your law.  Your principles have been the
music of my life through the years of my pilgrimage.  I
reflect at night on who you are, O LORD, and I obey 
your law because of this.  This is my happy way of life:
obeying your commandments. 


"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  'The 
words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the 
beginning of God's creation.  I know your works:  you 
are neither cold nor hot.  Would that you were either
cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and
neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need
nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable,
poor, blind, and naked.  I counsel you to buy from me
gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white
garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame
of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint
your eyes, so that you may see.  Those whom I love, I
reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  Be-
hold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my
voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat
with him, and he with me.  The one who conquers, I
will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also
conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to
the churches.'" 


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Father God, thank You for the loving discipline of Your Son.
Open our eyes to our wretched state and move us to 
humble repentance lest Your judgment fall upon us.  Lord,
Thank You for caring enough to confront your erring children
in Christ.  Help us to accept the fact that He will cast out 
many on the day of judgment, even those who say they
are Yours but who have proved themselves lukewarm.  Help
us to properly  fear  You.  We need to repent, Lord.  We
are so grateful for Your patient kindness to us.  How You're
willing to stand at the door of our hearts while we keep
falling, baffles us.  Great is your mercy Oh God of glory, 
God of grace.  Help us Lord to seek Thy face.  You who
dwell above the earth;  You who gave us second birth:
God of glory, God of grace, help us Lord to seek Thy face. 
In Jesus Christ's matchless name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 6/8-12  (B24;20) 

Psalm 119:41-48 (NLT) ;  Revelation 3:7-13 (ESV)

LORD, give to me your unfailing love, the salvation that
you promised me.  Then I will have an answer for those
who taunt me, for I trust in your word.  Do not snatch your
word of truth from me, for my only hope is in your laws.  I
will keep on obeying your law forever and forever.  I will
walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your 
commandments.  I will speak to kings about your decrees,
and I will not be ashamed.  How I delight in your commands!
How I love them!  I honor and love your commands.  I medi-
tate on your principles.


"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:  'The 
words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of 
David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and
no one opens.  I know your works.  Behold, I have set 
before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.
I know that you have but little power, and yet you have
kept my word and have not denied my name.  Behold, I
will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that
they are Jews and are not, but lie - behold, I will make
them come and bow down before your feet and they will
learn that I have loved you.  Because you have kept my
word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the
hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try
those who dwell on the earth.  I am coming soon.  Hold
fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the 
temple of my God.  Never shall he go out of it, and I will
write on him the name of my God, and the name of the 
city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down 
from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.  He 
who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the 
churches.'" 


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
LORD God, thank You for Your glorious Son - the eternal
Word incarnate.  Thank You for sending Him soon.  As we
depend upon Your power - for ours is weak - we ask You
to glorify Your name as we serve as Your loving, end-time
Ambassadors in Christ Jesus.  Help us with 'patient endur-
ance' dear YHVH God.  And thank You for keeping us from
the hour of trial as You pour Your bowls of wrath upon the
earth dwellers.  Until our final trumpet rapture gathering,
help us hold fast, we pray.  Thank You for seeing us through
these dark days as we walk in Your Holy Spirit.  We praise
and glorify Your great name.  And Lord, we sure look forward
to the day of Your Son's rule.  Even so, please come quickly
Lord Jesus.  Amen  

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Week of 6/1-5  (B23;20) 

Psalm 119:33-40 (NLT) ;  Revelation 3:1-6 (ESV)

Teach me, O LORD, to follow every one of your principles.
Give me understanding and I will obey your law;  I will put
it into practice with all my heart.  Make me walk along the
path of your commands, for that is where my happiness 
is found.  Give me an eagerness for your decrees;  do not
inflict me with love for money!  Turn my eyes from worthless
things, and give me life through your word.  Reassure me of
your promise, which is for those who honor you.  Help me
abandon my shameful ways;  your laws are all I want in life.
I long to obey your commandments!  Renew my life with
your goodness. 


"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write:  'The words of
him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.  I
know your works.  You have the reputation of being alive, but
your are dead.  Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is
about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the
sight of God.  Remember, then, what you received and heard.
Keep it, and repent.  If you will not wake up, I will come like a
thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against
you.  Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who
have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me
in white, for they are worthy.  The one who conquers will 
be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his 
name out of the book of life.  I will confess his name before
my Father and before his angels.  He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Yes LORD, turn away my eyes from looking at worthless
things.  As You Counsel Your end-time people, help us 
walk in purity during these end of days.  May we exude
humility by, in part, being willing to confess our needy
state.  Help us to be watchful, to hold fast and to repent
when we need to do so.  And Lord, help us to  watch
as You have so clearly mandated, for we don't want to
be like the worldly who will be caught by surprise - as
a thief in the night.  Lord, we fear You in the context of
biblical fear.  Please grace us with being overcomers
who are not blotted out of Thy Book of Life.  We long
to honor and glorify Your holy name through eternity.
In Jesus Christ's matchless name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/25-29  (B22;20) 

Psalm 119:25-32 (NLT) ;  Revelation 2:18-29 (ESV)

I lie in the dust, completely discouraged;  revive me by your 
word.  I told you my plans, and you answered.  Now teach me 
your principles.  Help me understand the meaning of your
commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful miracles.
I weep with grief;  encourage me by your word.  Keep me from
lying to myself;  give me the privilege of knowing your law.  I 
have chosen to be faithful;  I have determined to live by your
laws.  I cling to your decrees.  LORD, don't let me be put to
shame!  If you will help me, I will run to follow your commands.


"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:  'The words
of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose
feet are like burnished bronze.  I know your works, your love 
and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter
works exceed the first.  But I have this against you, that you 
tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess 
and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual
immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.  I gave her time
to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.
Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit
adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they
repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead.  And 
all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind 
and heart, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve.
But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching,
who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan,
to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden.  Only hold
fast what you have until I come.  The one who conquers and
who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority
over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as
when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself 
have received authority from my Father.  And I will give him
the morning star.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And LORD, we thank You once again for gracing us with
tremendous insight in Your word.  We are humbled Lord.
We are impressed.  May Your instruction to Your churches
be heeded.  Help us correct this sin of our of being too
tolerant toward evil.  Embolden us to love You first by 
honoring You through rejection of the dark compromises
we have embraced.  Open our eyes to the reality that You
DO discipline Your imperfect kids.  In loving fear of You, O
Lord, help us to turn from our wicked ways and lukewarm
living.  Help us to patiently endure during these end of days.
May we be Your lights to a needy generation.  As the song
goes, Lord, and as we pray, hear, this our prayer:  In our lives, 
Lord, be glorified, be glorified today
.  In Jesus Christ's precious 
and holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/18-22  (B21;20) 

Psalm 119:17-24 (NLT) ;  Revelation 2:12-17 (ESV)

Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word.
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law.  I am
but a foreigner here on earth;  I need the guidance of your
commands.  Don't hide them from me!  I am overwhelmed
continually with a desire for your laws.  You rebuke those
cursed proud ones who wander from your commands.  Don't
let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed your decrees.
Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on
your principles.  Your decrees please me;  they give me wise
advice.


"And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:  'The 
words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.  I know
where you dwell, where Satan's throne is.  Yet you hold 
fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the
days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among
you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against
you:  you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam,
who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons
of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and
practice sexual immorality.  So also you have some who
hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Therefore repent.
If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with
the sword of my mouth.  He who has an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit says to the churches.  To the one who con-
quers, I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give
him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone 
that no one knows except the one who receives it.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
We praise You for sending Your Holy Spirit following Your
Son's ascension.  Thank You for gracing Your children with
open eyes to understand Your Word.  And thank You for
equipping us with Your resources to obey Your Word. 
Lord, rebuke those who walk in pride and who reject Your
Counsel.  And Lord, help us - Your children - to walk in
humility and be willing to confess and repent when we 
need to do so.  Help open our eyes and soften our hearts
to the fact that sexual sins so undermine our walk with You.
Thank You for Your consistent call through the ages.  Indeed,
obedience brings blessing;  disobedience brings judgment.  
Lord, we don't want to quench, grieve or insult Your Spirit.
May we, in Your strength, lovingly obey You as You've so
clearly outlined in Your precious Word.  In Jesus Christ's
holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/11-15  (B20;20) 

Psalm 119:9-16 (NLT) ;  Revelation 2:8-11 (ESV)

How can a young person stay pure?  By obeying your word
and following its rules.  I have tried my best to find you - don't
let me wander from your commands.  I have hidden your
word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Blessed
are you, O LORD;  teach me your principles.  I have recited
aloud all the laws you have given us.  I have rejoiced in your
decrees as much as in riches.  I will study your command-
ments and reflect on your ways.  I will delight in your 
principles and not forget your word.  


"And to the angel of the church of Smyrna write: 
'The words of the first and the last, who died and came
to life.  I know your tribulation and your poverty (but your
are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are
Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Do 
not fear what you are about to suffer.  Behold, the devil
is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may
be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation.
Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of
life.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit 
says to the churches.  The one who conquers will not
be hurt by the second death.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Blessed be Thou O Lord our God.  Your holy Word
continues to work its wonders.  Thank You for the needed
authority it extends to those who are Yours.  Thank You for
graciously providing powerful means to walk in Christ Jesus,
Your holy Son.  May Your two-edged sword be abundantly
present in our lives as we live day by day for You.  And may
Your Holy Spirit use Your Word within Your own to accomplish,
in part, fruit which You graciously bring about in our lives as we
abide in Your Son and walk in Your Spirit.  And Father, thank
You so for cluing us in on some of the dangers ahead.  Thank
You for providing the means to walk victoriously through these
present days of darkness.  As we encounter heightened 
tribulation in the days ahead, please keep us in Your 
victorious hold whereby we do indeed  endure to the end.
By faith, dear Lord, we  thank You  for doing so even before
we encounter these battles in the setting of spiritual warfare.
We praise, magnify and yes, glorify Your great and holy name.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - Who is EVERYTHING
to us - we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/4-8  (B19;20) 

Psalm 119:1-8 (NLT)  ;  Revelation 2:1-7 (ESV)

Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the LORD.
Happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him
     with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles!
Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your
     commands.
When I learn your righteous laws, I will thank you by living as
     I should!
I will obey your principles.  Please don't give up on me!


"To the angel of the church of Ephesus write:  'The words
of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who 
walks among the seven golden lampstands.  I know your
works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you
cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those
who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them
to be false.  I know you are enduring patiently and bearing
up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary.
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the
love you had at first.  Remember therefore from where you
have fallen;  repent, and do the works you did at first.  If not,
I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place,
unless you repent.  Yet this you have:  you hate the works of
the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He who has an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To the one who
conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the
paradise of God.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Your ways are surely  not  our ways, O LORD Most High.
You call us to walk Your glorious path while knowing full
well we will wander.  As You know all things, You know we
need provision for forgiveness of sin.  THANK YOU for so
generously providing Your heavenly cleansing through Jesus
Christ Your Son.  And THANK YOU for calling us back to 
Your Word in these early verses of Psalm 119.  Thank You,
too, for Your eternal Word's Counsel as to our persistent
weaknesses.  We praise You for loving us enough to help
us walk the path of humility before You by being willing to
confess and repent when we need to do so.  LORD, open
our eyes to the  nevertheless I have this against you  things
that we've not sufficiently let go of, things which douse our
first love for You.  Thy Word, O LORD, is a lamp unto our
feet;  a light to our path.  We pray these things in the holy
name of Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord.  Amen  

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Week of 4/27 - 5/1  (B18;20) 

Our devotional reading for this week highlights the
first six chapters of the Book of Daniel.

Suggested reading schedule for this special week:

Monday, 4/27          Daniel 1
Tuesday, 4/28         Daniel 2
Wednesday, 4/29    Daniel 3
Thursday, 4/30       Daniel 4
Friday, 5/1                Daniel 5
Saturday, 5/2           Daniel 6


Father God, thank You for gracing us with Your righteous 
principles to live by as we bow to Your authority over us.  
Thank You so for the HUGE,  pertinent  messages found in
each of these chapters.  As we listen to Your Spirit's leading, 
we thank You in advance for the fruit that will come as Your
Word goes forth.  As parents treat their children differently
but fairly, so too do we thank You for leading Your people in
diverse applications of Your Word as we live out our specific
gifts unto Your glory and praise.  In Jesus Christ's name we 
thank You for II Timothy 3:16, 17.  Amen. 

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Week of 4/20-24  (B17;20) 

Isaiah 26  (NKJV) 

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
"We have a strong city;  God  will appoint salvation  for 
walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous
nation which keeps the truth may enter in.  You will keep
him  in perfect peace,  whose  mind  is  stayed  on You,
because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever,  for in
Yah,  the LORD,  is everlasting strength.  For He brings
down those who dwell on high, the lofty city;  He lays it
low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the
dust.  The foot shall tread it down - the feet of the poor
and  the steps of the needy."
The way of the just  is  uprightness;  O Most Upright, You
weigh the path of the just.  Yes, in the way of Your judg-
ments, O Lord, we have waited for You;  the desire of  our 
soul  is  for Your name and for the remembrance of You.
With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my
spirit within me I will seek You early;  for when Your judg-
ments  are  in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will
learn righteousness.  Let grace be shown to the wicked,  yet
he will not learn righteousness;  in the land of uprightness he 
will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.  
LORD,  when  Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.  But 
they will see and be ashamed for  their  envy of people;  
yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.  
LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also
done all our works in us.  O LORD our God, masters be-
sides You have had dominion over us,  but  by You only 
we make mention of Your name.  They  are dead, they 
will not live;  they are  deceased, they will not rise.  There-
fore You have punished and destroyed them, and made all 
their memory to perish.  You have increased the nation, O
LORD, You have increased the nation;  You are glorified;
You have expanded all the borders of the land.
LORD, in trouble they have visited You, they poured out 
a prayer  when  Your chastening  was  upon them.  As a
woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs,
when  she draws near the time of her delivery, so have we
been in Your sight, O LORD.  We have been with child,
we have been in pain;  we have, as it were, brought forth
wind;  we have not accomplished any deliverance in the
earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.  Your 
dead shall live;  together with  my dead body they shall
arise.  Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust;  for your
dew  is like  the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast
out the dead.  Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;  hide yourself, as it 
were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.
For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish
the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;  the earth 
will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her
slain.


Father God,  LORD God Most High,  send Your Son soon,
we pray.  In Jesus Christ's holy and glorious name, amen. 

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Week of 4/13-17  (B16;20) 

Jesus Christ preached repentance and secured salvation
for all of mankind (who need to, on an individual basis,
accept His eternally significant sacrifice for sin in order
to apply it personally).  As One having ALL authority in
heaven and on earth, listen, please, to the Lord of lords,
the King of kings:

"Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Jesus Christ - Matthew 4:17b

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Psalm 95 
 (NKJV) 

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!  Let us shout joyfully
to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before His
presence with thanksgiving;  let us shout joyfully to Him
with psalms.  For the LORD  is  the great God, and the
great King above all gods.  In His hand  are  the deep
places of the earth;  the heights of the hills  are  His also.
The sea  is  His, for He made it;  and His hands formed
the dry  land
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;  let us kneel
before the LORD our Maker.  For He  is  our God, and
we  are  the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His
hand.  Today, if you will hear His voice:  
"Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as  in  the
day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me;
they tried Me, though they saw My work.  For forty years
I was grieved with  that  generation, and said, 'It  is  
people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not
know My ways.'  So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall 
not enter My rest.'"


Father YHVH God, we once again PRAISE YOU for graciously
providing YOUR salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  In
these days of  resurrection  celebration, we glorify YOU for 
Your kind deliverance - great is Your mercy oh LORD.  As we
know, You are  here and are not silent  as You take interest in
and are involved with the matters of man.  THANK YOU  for
being our heavenly Father who loves us enough to  discipline  us
when we go astray.  Soften hearts toward repentance, we pray.
And may Your Holy Spirit continue convicting those who choose
to retain  hard hearts  like Pharaoh of old.  Even so, please 
come quickly Lord Jesus!  In Christ's name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 4/6-10  (B15;20)

Psalm 107:1-32  (NKJV) 

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for  He is  good!  For His
mercy  endures  forever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD
say  so,  whom He has redeemed from the hand of the
enemy, and gathered out of the lands, from the east and
from the west, from the north and from the south.  They
wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;  they found
no city to dwell in.  Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in
them.  Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,  and
He delivered them out of their distresses.  And He led them
forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a 
dwelling place.  Oh, that  men  would give thanks to the
LORD  for  His goodness, and  for  His wonderful works
to the children of men!  For He satisfies the longing soul,
and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
bound in affliction and irons - because they rebelled against
the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High,
therefore He brought down their heart with labor;  they fell
down, and  there was  none to help.  Then they cried out to
the LORD in their trouble,  and  He saved them out of their
distresses.  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow
of death, and broke their chains in pieces.  Oh, that  men
would give thanks to the LORD  for  His goodness, and  for  
His wonderful works to the children of men!  For He has 
broken the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two.
Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their
iniquities, were afflicted.  Their soul abhorred all manner of
food, and they drew near to the gates of death.  Then they
cried out to the LORD in their trouble,  and  He saved them
out of their distresses.  He sent His word and healed them,
and delivered  them  from their destructions.  Oh, that  men 
would give thanks to the LORD  for  His goodness, and  for 
His wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them sacri-
fice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with
rejoicing.
Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on
great waters, they see the works of the LORD, and His won-
ders in the deep.  For He commands and raises the stormy
wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.  They mount up to
the heavens, they go down again to the depths;  their soul
melts because of trouble.  They reel to and fro, and stagger
like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.  Then they cry
out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of 
their distresses.  He calms the storm, so that its waves are
still.  Then they are glad because they are quiet;  so He 
guides them to their desired haven.  Oh, that  men  would
give thanks to the LORD  for  His goodness, and  for  His
wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them exalt Him
also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the
company of the elders.  


The following prayer is taken from  Lenten Postcards:  Daily
Devotions Inspired By The Book Of Common Prayer ; pg. 103 ;
The Foundry Publishing ; 2019.  In this season of Lent, before
our LORD's  passion,  we pray:

Lord, we long for the consummation of all things.  We ache for
your kingdom to come in its fullness.  We confess that we often

imagine the path to victory as a simple ascent to the mountaintop.
We forget that redemption was found not in the glory of the peak
but in the bloodstained dust of the valley, in the cold, unforgiving
walls of a tomb.  May we follow you - to peaks and through
valleys - for the sake of your coming kingdom.  

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Week of 3/30 - 4/3  (B14;20)

[ My precious wife is playing (on the piano), We Exalt Thee
as I write out this blog.  Sweet background music indeed. ]

Psalm 119:97-100; 105  (NKJV)

Oh, how I love Your law!  It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my
enemies;  for they  are  ever with me.  I have more understanding
than all my teachers, for Your testimonies  are  my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your pre-
cepts.  Your word  is  a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
The entirety of Your word  is  truth, and every one
of Your righteous judgments  endures  forever. 
(Psalm 119:89, 160 ; NKJV)


Father God, You are great and we adore Thee.  Thank
You for warning us as You have.  On behalf of those who
have taken Your Son’s Counsel seriously:  THANK YOU
for the provisions we currently enjoy in more lean circum-
stances.  Thank You for Mt. 24:45ff.  May we apply  tHis
Counsel and prepare in ways outlined in Your precious 
Word.  As we obey You, we are graced to share provisions
with others in need.  Help us in Your Gospel - as Your Word
outlines! - and Discipleship - as Your holy Word outlines! -
ministries.  We work Your fields unto Your glory and 
praise.  Even so, please come quickly Lord Jesus.  Until
then, protect us as we  bathe  in Your Word.  In Jesus
Christ’s holy name we pray, amen.

 


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