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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Jesus is knocking

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,
If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do?
Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honoured Guest,
And all the food you'd serve Him would be the very best -
And you would keep assuring Him you're glad to have Him there!
That, serving Him in your home is a joy beyond compare!

But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door,
With arms outstretched in "welcome" to your Heavenly Visitor?
Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?
Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they'd been?
Would you turn off the radio (TV) and hope He hadn't heard?
And wish you hadn't uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder - if the Saviour spent a day or two with you -
Would you go right on doing the things you always do?
Would you keep right on saying the things you always say?
Would your life continue as it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?
And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?
Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you read?
And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?
Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?
Would you be glad to have Him meet your closest friends?

Or would you hope they'd stay away until His visit ends?
Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know the things that you would do!
If Jesus came in person to spend some time with YOU!

Joshua 24:15
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Dear Lord we pray that this is our goal that our houses would be a place where your name is served. Help us always have our house in order that you feel welcome and at home. In Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jesus is our hiding place

Out of the attacks of evil come the victories of God and the victory chants of God's people. Let's find our strength and protection in our holy God! Let's make God our hiding place, our source of security, and our hope in times of trouble.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
— Psalm 32:7

Dear Lord thank you for the confidence we have in your power and your might to deliver us from every attack of the evil one. You are worthy of all glory, honor, power, and praise. In the name of your Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ, we thank you for deliverance and praise you for your strength. In Jesus name, Amen.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Spiritual battle

We learned yesterday about putting on the armor of God, today we look at the battle we are in. The battle we face is not just a physical one. Instead, it is a spiritual battle with powers that we do not easily see and which are very powerful. We shouldn't dismiss this as an imaginary battle or as an irrelevant struggle. Just as clearly as Satan was crouching at Cain's door, desiring to have him, so he crouches at our door (Gen. 4:7). He will use his forces of evil to do all he can to defeat, destroy, or corrupt us. We must take this war seriously and recognize the spiritual power of our foe.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
— Ephesians 6:12

Father, forgive us for the times we have not taken the threat of evil seriously. Let us not be deceived by temptation and deliver us from the power of the evil one in all of his forms. In the mighty name of Jesus Amen.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The spiritual war

So often we are focused only on the things that we like, that we are good at doing, or that we are interested in accomplishing. God wants us to use every piece of his spiritual armor. He wants us to be disciplined and grow in the areas of our spiritual weakness and the areas we don't necessarily find exciting or interesting. Our evil opponent is crafty and will try to attack us in the areas of our weakness and vulnerability. So let's not just commit to be diligent in the areas of our interest and strength, but also in those areas where we are not.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
— Ephesians 6:11

Dear Lord, strengthen us in the areas where we am most vulnerable to sin. Open our eyes to help us see our areas of weakness. Rekindle our heart to passionately seek after your holiness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Strong in the Lord

Some of our strength to fight evil comes from our experiences in the past, from the encouragement of others, and from our knowledge of the truth in the Scriptures. Ultimately, however, our strength comes from God's mighty power. Paul uses his letter to the Ephesians to remind Christians that this power is what raised Jesus from the dead. Through that power in us, God can do much more than we can ask or imagine. Most important of all, as we put on our spiritual armor and dedicate ourselves to spiritual discipline, God blesses us with his power and might. We can be strong in God's mighty power.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
— Ephesians 6:10

Dear Lord, strengthen us with your might and grace so that we can withstand the attacks and temptations of the evil one. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Using our time wisely

Even though we are God's holy children, we also need to be aware of what time it is in our world. The evil one still exercises his control over the hearts of many people. God wants us to "redeem the time," making the most of every opportunity we have to touch the lives of others with his grace and to resist the temptation and overcome the opposition of the evil one.

Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
— Ephesians 5:15-16

Dear Lord give us the wisdom, to discern the best way to use our time and our influence. Open our eyes to see the temptation the evil one puts in our path. Give us courage to boldly stand for you and sensitivity to know the best way to bless others according to their needs. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

We are His adopted children

God wants us as His holy children. That was His plan for us even before the world began. God paid the huge price, the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, for our adoption into His family. God's motive in doing this? His desire and delight in loving us.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
— Ephesians 1:4-5

Dear Lord our words cannot adequately express our thanks for your love and grace. We are honored to be one of your adopted children and want to bring you joy in the way we live. Forgive us for the times we have disappointed you by not living up to what you desire of us. We want our life to be a holy thanksgiving to you for your grace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Don't just PRAY take time to LISTEN to God answer

I got this in an email today and thought it was really good especially when you take a look around the world and see the many people and families that are suffering in one way or another. Lets always remember to not only pray but to listen also to what God is saying to us.

There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out hunting and kill some wild game for dinner. As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it.

The rabbit ran away. Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it.

The squirrel disappeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree..

As he went further, he saw a large wild 'Tom' turkey in the tree, but he had only one bullet remaining.

A voice spoke to him and said, 'Pray first, aim high and stay focused. However, at the same time, he saw a deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake. Still, the voice said again to him, 'I said 'Pray, Aim high and Stay focused.'

So, the man decided to listen to God's voice.

He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree and shot the wild turkey. The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer. The handle fell off the gun and hit the snake in the head and killed it. And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked him into a pond. When he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer and a turkey to eat for his family.

The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God.

Moral of the story:

Pray first before you do anything, aim and shoot high in your goals, and stay focused on God. Never let others discourage you concerning your past. The past is exactly that, 'the past.' Live every day one day at a time and remember that only God knows our future and that he will not put you through any more than you can bear.

Do not look to man for your blessings, but look to the doors that only He has prepared in advance for you in your favor.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
-Philippians 4:6

Dear Lord as we pray help our ears be open to what you are saying to us. We pray that we would have the faith to foloow what you tell to do. In Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The gift of the Holy Spirit

When we became Christians, Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit lives in us, making our bodies a Temple and blessing us in many ways. We can be courageous people even in the face of attack, criticism, and ridicule because of the Spirit's presence. The fruit that the Spirit produces and the love that the Spirit pours into our heart do not make us weak. Instead, the Spirit's presence is a powerful force to help us overcome sin and live self-disciplined lives.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
— 2 Timothy 1:7

Dear Lord, thank you for the Spirit's constant presence in our life. Please empower us with even greater courage and strength as we face the daily challenges in our life. In Jesus', Amen.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Showing the love of God

"I'm not sure I can love them any more! My supply of love is gone, my capacity to love is exhausted." Do you ever feel like that? There are times when it seems others will exhaust our ability to love, either because of their need being so great or because of their unwillingness to love in return. How do we go on? We need a community of love; other believers who will support and love us. We need brothers and sisters in Christ who will pray for God to increase our capacity to love. We need to trust that in response to all of our prayers, God will pour more love into our hearts through His amazing grace.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
— 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Dear Lord, graciously pour your love into our hearts and pour your love into the hearts of those in our family and church family. We need your help to love those around us more. In Jesus name. Amen.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Comfort, pass it on

We are comforted because we are heartbroken. We are comforted because we need a blessing. We are comforted because God loves us. We are comforted to comfort others. While each of the above statements is true, the last is the most crucial one. There is something about comfort that cannot be fully realized until it is shared with someone else. It is that final step in the healing process of grief, disappointment, hurt, and loss. We need to share the comfort we have received, to help those we come into contact with. Comfort, pass it on!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
— 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Dear Lord, thank you for knowing our hearts, caring about our concerns, and comforting us when we are wounded. Help us to share your grace, mercy, and comfort with someone else today. In Jesus' name Amen.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

God is our refuge

God not only buys us out of our bondage and debt to sin, but he also assures us that he will provide refuge for those who trust in him. Our future is tied to him and not to our ability to provide and protect what we need.

The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
— Psalm 34:22

Dear Lord, God of heaven and earth, we place our life and our future in your hands. Please use us to bless others as we do your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The wisdom of experience.

One day the old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old German Shepherd thinks, 'Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!' Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, 'Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?'

Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. 'Whew!' says the panther, 'That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!'

Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes, but the old German Shepherd sees him heading after the panther with great speed, and figures that something must be up.

The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.

The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, 'Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!

Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, 'What am I going to do now?', but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says...'Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!

Moral of this story....

Don't mess with the old dogs... Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! Brilliance only comes with age and experience.

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
-Proverbs 19:20

Dear Lord we thank you for those that have come before us and the wisdom that they have. We pray that we will be open and willing to listen and apply their advice and instructions to our lives. We thank you that they are willing to share with us. In Jesus name, amen

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Lord is our deliverer!

We know that the righteous can have troubles, but how do we understand that God delivers us from them all? How do we understand that he protects us. Paul demonstrates the answer: whatever happens to him will turn out for his deliverance -- whether it is through his death to be with God or whether it is through his release from prison to continue ministry. Our deliverance is secure. We are conquerors in Christ. Nothing Satan can do to us can steal us away from God's love, not even death.

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
— Psalm 34:19-20

Dear Lord please give me the faith I need to believe that whatever happens in my life will not steal me away from your love and deliverance for me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Lord is close

The LORD is ... ... near! ... present! ... close! How do I know? He came close in the manger. He walked among us in ministry. He suffered with us and for us at Calvary. We know that in tragedy, trial, heartbreak, and brokenness he is near to us to save us. So, will our hearts be open to him and will we be seeking him to come near? Don't let troubles or heartache lead you to pull away from God or doubt his nearness. Let him draw close to you.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
— Psalm 34:18

Dear Lord, please be near us today. Make your presence known in our life. Father, we also ask that you bless those we know who are struggling with their faith, and with broken and disappointed hearts. Please be active in their lives and make your presence known in their lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Deliverance! A great theme of the Bible is that God is a God of deliverance who keeps His promises and faithfully shares His grace, mercy, and justice. Let this promise stir you to righteous living and to cry out to God in all your troubles. Cry out to God with the praises, questions, and wounds that life brings. Let His presence be real to you and your heart open to Him.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
— Psalm 34:17

Dear Lord, our world needs your deliverance. In your majesty and power, please destroy the plans of the wicked. In your mercy and grace, please raise up your people who find themselves facing hardship and trouble. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Our God is . . . .

This is my God...
He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!
He is the Architect of the universe and The Manager of all times.
He always was, He always is, and He always will be...
Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!
He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
He was persecuted and brought freedom!
He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
He reigns and brings Peace!
The world can't understand him,
The armies can't defeat Him,
The schools can't explain Him,
The leaders can't ignore Him.
Herod couldn't kill Him,
The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him, and
The people couldn't hold Him!
Nero couldn't crush Him,
Hitler couldn't silence Him,
The New Age can't replace Him, and
Comedian Bill Maher can't explain Him away!
He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.
He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.
His ways are right,
His word is eternal,
His will is unchanging, and
His mind is on me.
He is my Redeemer,
He is my Savior,
He is my guide, and
He is my peace!
He is my Joy,
He is my comfort,
He is my Lord, and
He rules my life!
I serve Him because His bond is love,
His burden is light, and
His goal for me is abundant life.
I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,
The power of the powerful,
The ancient of days, the ruler of rulers,
The leader of leaders, the overseer of the overcomers, and
the sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.
And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size.
His goal is a relationship with ME!
He will never leave me,
Never forsake me,
Never mislead me,
Never forget me,
Never overlook me, and
Never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!
When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!
When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!
When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!
When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face Death, He carries me Home!
He is everything for everybody, everywhere,
Every time, and every way.
He is God, He is faithful.
I am His, and He is mine!
My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.
So, if you're wondering why I feel so secure,
understand this...
He said it and that settles it.
God is in control, I am on His side, and
That means all is well with my soul.
Everyday is a blessing for GOD IS LOVE

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
-Revelation 22:13

Dear Lord we come before you amazed at all that you are. We pray that we will never forget your many attributes. Thanks Lord for loveing each one of us. We pray that those we will come into contact with will see you in us. In Jesus name, Amen.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

God's eyes are on the righteous

We are righteous because of God's grace. We are remembered because of God's faithfulness. We are heard because of God's faithfulness. We are blessed because God is God. Do you ever feel that you are all alone and nobody cares. Remember in todays verse we are told our Lord’s eyes are on us and His ears are there listening to our needs.

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry...
— Psalm 34:15

Dear Lord thank you for for seeing our needs, hearing our cries, answering our prayers, and coming down to save, comfort, and bless each of us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pursuing good

It is not enough to turn from evil. We can clean the bad things out of our life, but if we do not actively pursue what is good then a worse evil will rush into the void. Let's be a people ready to do good and with a passion to do what is right.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
— Psalm 34:14

Dear Lord, let us be an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, use us to share your love and grace. Where there is injury, sin, and brokenness, use us to bring healing, forgiveness, and comfort. Please, Lord, use us to do your good work in our world. In Jesus' name. Amen

Monday, October 12, 2009

Our speach greatly impacts the quality of life

God reminds us that our words and the way we use our speech greatly impact the quality of life we enjoy. Nothing cuts short a vibrant life like evil speech and lies we tell. They set loose a force of deception and damage that we cannot control. This unleashed power not only damages those about whom and to whom we speak, but they eventually boomerang and come back and bring their deadly payload back into our own lives. Let's be people who speak what is right, good, wholesome, holy, true, and a blessing.

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
— Psalm 34:12-13

Dear Lord, purify our hearts and cleanse our words of all deceit, slander, vulgarity, wickedness, untruth, exaggeration, mean-spiritedness, distortion, guile, and words that wound. May the words of our mouths and the intentions of our hearts be pleasing to you, In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friends are God's gift

Today in Sunday school we studied about friendship and the importance of having good friends, and being able to be transparent with each other. It made me think about all the friends I have made through out the years. I want to thank each one of my friends for their part in helping make me the person I am today.

Packing up the dreams God planted

In the fertile soil of you

I can't believe the hopes He's granted

Means a chapter of your life is through

But we'll keep you close as always

It won't even seem you've gone

'Cause our hearts in big and small ways

Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever

If the Lord's the Lord of them

And a friend will not say never

'Cause the welcome will not end

Though it's hard to let you go

In the Father's hands we know

That a lifetime's not too long

To live as friends

And with the faith and love God's given

Springing from the hope we know

We will pray the joy you live in

Is the strength that now you show

We'll keep you close as always

It won't even seem you've gone

'Cause our hearts in big and small ways

Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever

If the Lord's the Lord of them

And a friend will not say never

'Cause the welcome will not end

Though it's hard to let you go

In the Father's hands we know

That a lifetime's not too long

To live as friends

And friends are friends forever

If the Lord's the Lord of them

And a friend will not say never

'Cause the welcome will not end

Though it's hard to let you go

In the Father's hands we know

That a lifetime's not too long

To live as friends

To live as friends

Though it's hard to let you go

In the Father's hands we know

That a lifetime's not too long

To live as friends

No a lifetime's not too long

To live as friends.

-Michael W Smith

Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for
his friends.
-John 15:13

Dear Lord we want to take the time to thank you for our friends. We pray that you will use us to help make our friends better, give us the right words at the right time that we may be able to help them grow to be more like you want them to be. In Jesus name, Amen

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Seek the Lord in everything

While even the mighty hunter the the Lion cannot ensure their security and nourishment, those whose hunger is for God will find themselves nourished, blessed, and sustained.

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
— Psalm 34:10

Dear Lord thanks for the promise that you will never leave us or forsake us even though friends may betray and forsake us. We confess that it is sometimes hard to fully comprehend, much less believe, that you are always faithful. Confusing and hurtful times come and we waver in our confidence in your grace. Please forgive us and renew our hope. We do believe, that you love us like no one else can. We do believe that you care about our hurts and worries. . In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fear of the Lord

"Fear of the LORD" is one of the great themes of the Old Testament. The phrase is particularly hard to translate, especially in light of the repeated message of the Bible to "fear not" and John's reminder that "perfect love casts out all fear." It means more than "hold God in reverence." Generally, "fear of the LORD" means that we remember our place in the order of things. We know we are deeply loved by our holy Father in heaven. We recognize that we are weak and sinful in comparison and are saved by God's mercy and grace. We acknowledge that his majesty and holiness are far beyond us and that we pale in significance before God. We come to God acknowledging our need for him and our unworthiness to demand anything from him. The incredible reality is that when we approach God with this sense of awe and profound respect, he in turn welcomes us with open arms and brings us close.

Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
— Psalm 34:9

Dear Lord, thank you for your mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Thank you for your love, faithfulness, and justice. We come to you on our knees, recognizing that you are holy, majestic, awesome in power, and righteous in all that you do. Without your grace and the gift of your Spirit, we know we could not come into your presence with such boldness. Forgive us for our sins and empower us to be a person of integrity and grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Lord is good

Some aspects of faith are indescribable: they can only be experienced and known by doing them. Taste the Lord. Sample his goodness. Lean on his grace. Take refuge in his care. We are blessed to find him near and take our refuge from life's greatest dangers and death's greatest fears.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
— Psalm 34:8

Dear Lord help us to know you better. Open our hearts, dear Lord, so that we will more fully entrust ourself to your care. Open our eyes to see just how gracious you are - not to impress us, but to share in your grace. Thank you for your goodness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

God will use all things

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.

Love the people who treat you right.

Forget about the ones who don't.

Believe everything happens for a reason.

If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.

If it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said life would be easy.

They just promised it would be worth it.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
-Romans 8:28

Dear Lord as we look at all the things going on around us, we pray we won’t get discouraged or turn our back on you. We pray that we will look at them as oppurtunities for you to work in us and through us. We ask these things in Jesus name, Amen

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Looking out for the lost sheep

Sometimes it is hard to hear the cry of the poor or respond to the plight of the disadvantaged. If we are going to be true children of our Father, His values must become our own, His lost sheep must become our quest. Let's help others around us who are in need find that when they call to God, they are not forgotten. Let's be his delivery system of grace.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
— Psalm 34:6

Dear Lord, please use us to be a delivery system for your grace. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Letting God's love shine through us

We are like the moon; the glory we show is the reflection of the greater life in our lives that does not originate in us but is a blessing to others through us. Look to God for your hope, your strength, your values, your foundation, your security, and your light.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
— Psalm 34:5

Dear Lord be near us as we face challenges and temptations. Don't let the evil one bring us shame because of our sin and weakness. Triumph over evil in our life for your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Commitment to follow Christ

Have you sought the LORD lately? Many of us made a commitment to turn all of our lives over to him. how have you done with that commitment? God promises wisdom to those who ask and don't doubt. Have you asked for wisdom recently? Let's join our hearts together, and with the Spirit's help, let's seek our Father so that we can honor and glorify him, finding our blessing in his presence.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
— Psalm 34:4

Dear Lord, we seek you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. We want to know you more completely. We want to fully respond to your leading and your will in our life. Be near us today, and every day. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Love songs to God

Isn't it great to know that we can sing alone and know God loves our song! Isn't it even better that we can join others in songs of praise and lose ourselves in wonder, love, and praise! Let's spend today finding other believers and praising God together. All around the world, hundreds of thousands strong, let's reach out to other believers and ask them to join us in glorifying our Lord!

Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
— Psalm 34:3

Dear Lord, please be pleased with our praise and our attempts to join others in bringing you glory. Forgive us for sins, slips, and slights. Empower us to be a living witness to your magnificent grace. In Jesus' name. Amen

Friday, October 2, 2009

Our boasting should be in the Lord

We have no resaon to boast in our own might. We can't preserve our lives. We can't conquer kingdoms. We can't see heaven. We can't determine the future or change the past. So what do we have in which we can boast? God! We are living proof of his grace and mercy -- He saved us when we didn't deserve it, He rescued us from sin and death when we had no power to preserve our lives. Those in sorrow, brokenness, and night can look at us and rejoice because we are living proof God saves the sinner, raises up the disheartened, and mends the broken hearted. Praise the LORD for his glory. Praise the LORD for his grace

My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
— Psalm 34:2

Dear Lord, thank you! Thank you for all that you have done for us. Let others see your work in us and understand that you can do a great thing in them, as well. In Jesus' name Amen.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pray for the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines—Days after one storm left hundreds dead and most of Manila under water, the Philippines was bracing itself Thursday for the impact of a super typhoon gathering pace in the western Pacific.

Typhoon Parma is expected to bring heavy rainfall and major property damage to the Philippines on Saturday, according to meteorologists.

The storm was upgraded to a super typhoon Thursday as it churned towards the island nation with winds of 240 kph (150 mph). The storm was about 600 miles (965 km) southeast of Manila, the Philippines' capital on Thursday afternoon.

The five-day tracking map shows the storm south of Taiwan on Monday.

Parma comes on the heels of Typhoon Ketsana, which left at least 246 people dead as it passed over the Philippines over the weekend. An additional 38 were still missing, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.

The storm affected nearly 2 million people and forced the evacuation of 567,000. At one point, 80 percent of the capital, Manila, was under water after experiencing the heaviest rainfall in 40 years.

The storm, downgraded Wednesday to a tropical depression, also killed at least 74 people in Vietnam and nine in Cambodia.

A major clean-up operation continued Thursday as Filipinos set to work repairing the damage caused by Ketsana.

In the city of Pasig -- part of metropolitan Manila -- enterprising residents used inflatable mattresses as makeshift boats to ferry people through flooded streets.

The government, which some people said did not act quickly enough, opened up part of the presidential palace for aid distribution.

Several nations have offered humanitarian assistance to the Philippines. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the organization was considering an emergency appeal for aid as several U.N. agencies also pledged support. The World Food Program said it will provide rations to 180,000 people.

Praise God continually

One way to keep our life on track and our hearts surrendered to the will and work of God is to praise our glorious LORD continually. Let's put our praise for God on our lips with song and memorized Scripture. Let's tell his wonderful and great deeds to our children, grandchildren, and friends. Let's give Him thanks for all that He has done for us. Just as surely as He is with us always let's praise Him always.

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
— Psalm 34:1

Dear Lord, we praise you for your great might and incredible creativity displayed in your creation. I marvel at your vastness of your glory revealed in the great expanse of the heavens. Thank you for your power, mercy, faithfulness, and grace demonstrated by your care for your people and the sending of your Son as you promised. You are wonderful. You are awesome. You are majestic. Thank you for loving us. In Jesus' name. Amen.