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Week of 12/30 - 1/3 (B1;20)
Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
We offer the following three prayers in response ...
1. LORD, bring those who yet need You into new-
birth relationship with You through Your beloved
Son, Jesus Christ - Lord of lords and King of kings.
Please do so whereby they, too, can so enjoy the
huge blessings found only in the Lord Jesus as
Your New Covenant graciously continues. May
peace with God be their eternal discovery this
new year. Amen
2. LORD, bless and keep those in You who, by grace, con-
tinue in relationship with You in their new-born state. May
Your holy face shine upon them and be gracious to them.
Lift up Your countenance upon them, precious Father.
And, dear YHVH God Most High: THANK YOU for
Your holy New Covenant through Jesus Christ Your
Son. May the peace of God which passes all
understanding be our ongoing blessing through
3. LORD, soften the hearts of those who claim to be
in You but who are not abiding in Your Son. Open
their eyes to the dangers of the life they are presently
living. Help the carnal to repent of their ways, turn
and walk in Your Holy Spirit. May You grace them
with change whereby they, too, can enjoy the sweet
abundant life Your Son, our Shepherd, so kindly offers.
May Your merciful, gracious light reign over the darkness.
In Jesus Christ's glorious name we pray, amen.
Week of 1/6-10 (B2;20)
Psalm 1 (NKJV)
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 whatever 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 righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the
righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Father, in a day filled with dark uncertainty, may we be
wise enough to heed the blessings of this psalm. May
we enjoy Your peace which passes all understanding
even though the events of Mt. 24:4-8 continue to
manifest themselves. LORD, we praise You for the
heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus Your glorious Son.
Thank You for Your peace which does indeed transcend
all understanding. We magnify You oh eternal YHVH God.
In Jesus Christ's - Your Son's - holy name we pray, amen.
Week of 1/13-17 (B3;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 Anointed,
saying, "Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away
Their cords from us." He who sites 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 begotton You. Ask of Me, and I will give You
the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth
for Your 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.
Father God, we ADORE Thee. In Jesus Christ's holy name,
LORD, help us to revere Your glorious Son. During these
days of rebellion, help us LORD to stay the course and
remain faithful to You. Help us endure during these days
of global warfare against You and Your peoples - both Your
Old Covenant people and Your New Covenant people in
Jesus Christ Your Son. Thank You, Father God. In Christ
alone we bring appeal: Come soon Lord Jesus!
Week of 1/20-24 (B4;20)
I Peter 3:8-17 (NKJV)
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one
another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not
returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary
blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may
inherit a blessing. For "He who would love life and see good
days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from
speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD
are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers;
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil. And
who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what
is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake,
you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be
troubled." But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always
be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason of
the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a
good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers,
those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good
than for doing evil.
Father YHVH God, thank You for graciously providing
the resources to walk in the perspective You've kindly
outlined Your people to obey as we abide in Your Son.
Yes LORD, thank You for your empowering Spirit. Help
us to walk in Him as Your Ambassadors of Christ Jesus.
May we, in Your abundant mercy and grace, continue
being those lights which exalt and magnify Your great
name. In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.
Week of 1/27-31 (B5;20)
II Peter 2:1-11 (NKJV)
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as
there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring
in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them,
and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow
their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be
blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive
words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their
destruction does not slumber. For if God did not spare the angels
who sinned, but cast them into chains of darkness, to be reserved
for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah,
one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the
flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom
and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction,
making them an example to those who afterward would live
ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by
the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling
among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by
seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) - then the Lord
knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to re-
serve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the
lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are pre-
sumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of
dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and
might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before
the Lord. [ continued next week ]
Lord God, grace us, please, with Your discernment regarding the
false teachers currently among us. Thank You for caring for us
to the degree You put these warnings in Your Word. May Your
generous Spirit illumine our minds, hearts and eyes whereby we
better discern the many deceptions today. Unto our protection
in these end of days (in which we are, very much so, in harm's
way) unto the efforts at reaching the lost, and ultimately, unto
Your glory and praise. In the name of Your beloved Son, Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior we pray, amen.
Week of 2/3-7 (B6;20)
II Peter 3:1-9 (NKJV)
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which
I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be
mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy
prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord
and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last
days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is
the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all
things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."
For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens
were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded
with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now pre-
served by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of
judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not
forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a
thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord
is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.
Thank You, Father God, for caring as You do. Thank You for
Your generous patience with us. May some come to You as
we continue in these end of days. In Your Son's, our Savior's
mighty and holy name we pray, amen.
Note: Please see our Gospel pages on this site if you're open
to God's saving message of eternal Hope in Christ Jesus.
Week of 2/10-14 (B7;20)
I Corinthians 15:50-58 (NKJV)
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit
the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all 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 incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put
on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then
shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, "Death is
swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O
Hades, where is your victory?" The sting of death is sin,
and the strength of sin is the law but thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that
your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Faithful Father God, thank You for being ever so True to Your
Word. Thank You for Your promises to Your own in death - that
death is swallowed up in victory. Thank You for seeing our loved
ones in You, safely Home. Thank You for the victory You provided
for needy mankind in Your holy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And
Abba God, help us who remain to be faithful to the end, knowing
our kingdom labor on Your behalf is not in vain, especially as we
walk in Your Spirit and abide in Your Vine. In Christ Jesus' name
we pray, amen.
Valentine's Day celebrations continue ...
Praise: Lord YHVH God, You are SO good!
Week of 2/17-21 (B8;20)
I Corinthians 13 (NKJV)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have
not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all my-
steries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I can
remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I
bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body
to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
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. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail;
whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there
is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we
prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come,
then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a
child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as
a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now
I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the great-
est of these is love.
Loving Creator, thank You for showing Your love for us as You
do. Thank You for the supreme expression of Your deep love by
sending us Your Savior, Christ Jesus our Lord. Thank You for
dying for us so that our sins can be forgiven if we but accept Your
precious, eternal gift. Lord, wake up some churches to the fact
that YOU have called us to love You through our graced-based
obedience to You. Help us discern the false teaching that
everything's "done" and that we are not to "do." Thank You
for being absolutely clear in Your Word on this matter. And
thank You, too, for being clear that the works which are
honoring to You are done, in Your mercy and grace, by
Your generous Spirit within us whereby You get the glory.
Thank You for Your call (to us) to honor Your full Word so
that we avoid the consequential deceptions of half truths.
Thank You that Christ Jesus Your Son atoned for the
sins of mankind while on the cross. Yes, Lord, it is
finished. Help lost mankind to accept Your gift so as
to apply it, personally, to their lives. And thank You, too,
that You continue doing wonderful things in and through
Your people by Your kind mercies and grace. We praise
and magnify Your great name. In Jesus Christ's holy
name we pray, amen.
Week of 2/24-28 (B9;20)
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV)
Finally, my brethren, be strong 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 will be 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 ...
Father YHVH God, thank You for kindly directing Your people
in Christ Jesus with the protective Counsel above. As we
enjoy Your provision in this context of spiritual warfare, may
we press on in Gospel and Discipleship ministry unto Your
glory and praise. In Your glorious Son, Christ Jesus we pray.