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He took the nails for me…

Living He loved me

Dying He saved me

Buried He carried my sins far away

Rising He justified freely forever

One Day He’s Coming…

O Glorious Day!

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:4-5

Glorious Day (living He Loved Me) lyrics

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected

Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine


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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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God Keeps His Promises

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. ~ Isaiah 7:14

God promised His people, that He would send a Messiah or Anointed One, Christ – the One who would who would be sent from God to sit on the throne of David forever. This promise was fulfilled, the One was sent but God’s chosen people could not accept the God Man, the Man Christ Jesus. God foretold, through the prophets, that Christ would come and suffer and that the people would not believe.

“But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ [Messiah] would suffer.”

Acts 3:18 (NIV).

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53: 1-12 (KJV)

This is the One whom we celebrate this time of year, the Babe, the Son of Mary – this is the Mighty Prince of Peace! Immanuel – God with us!

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

May we never forget that God Keeps His Promises!

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Posted by on December 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Out Live Your Life

YOU WERE MADE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Another inspirational title from Max Lucado and Thomas Nelson Publishers

“You’ve been given your life. No one else has your version..Life is racing by, and if we aren’t careful, you and I will look up, and our shot at it will have passed us by.”  (from chapter 1) Max Lucado issues a life changing challenge in “Out Live Your Life.”  The thought that we have ONE chance to make a difference for eternity, to live a life that continues after we are gone, like ripples on a pond, is a sobering thought but an inspiring challenge to “live in such a way that your death is just the beginning of your life.”

Max reminds us  that God chose everyday people to be His disciples, His witnesses, His hands and feet – they were from every walk of life, common people – people like us. Max takes the reader through the first 12 chapters of the book of Acts examining the first church, the first believers and the importance of the unity of the body of Christ, not only then but now as well.

The world is needy, full of widows and orphans, millions and millions of starving and poor, without homes or hope and without God. They need food, shelter, medicine and they desperately need the good news of the Gospel of Christ. Not only those in foreign lands and impoverished countries have need of bread and the bread of life but those we pass daily also need to hear the good news. How can we help? Where do we start? What do we do? How can our lives make a difference for eternity?

Included in this book is a “discussion and action guide” prepared by David Drury which would be useful in both group & individual study to help inspire action as a result of reading this book – encouragement to do something to help the world for Christ and to Out Live Your Life.

I found this book to be inspirational and relevant. I plan to share this book with others and to look for & pray for ways that I can begin to out live my life. “One hundred percent of the author’s royalties from Outlive Your Life products will benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion.”

* Reviews of this book can be found at Christianbook.com – click here.

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Posted by on September 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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He is not here, He is risen!

“He is not here; he has risen!” – Luke 24:6a

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. — Luke 24:1-12

Jesus, Thou art my righteousness,
For all my sins were Thine;
Thy death hath bought of God my peace,
Thy life hath made Him mine.  —Anon.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Confession Time

The sky before Katrina struck . . .

Magee MS, before Katrina struck

I have been stumped, blocked or stymied – my thoughts are cloudy and jumbled. For months now, I sit down to write and my thoughts go helter-skelter and I look at the screen and go cross-eyed. I really don’t know why. It feels like when you sit down at an exam and look at the first question and go blank. Like that horrible dream many people (myself included) have where you are suddenly in highschool and must write an exam for a class you never took. I have perfectly good, rational and articulate thoughts but cannot seem to get them together and transfer them from my grey matter to my virtual paper – this blog.

I admit, I don’t have a whole lot going on in my life – something to be very thankful for by the way. I know plenty of people who would love to have my semi-uncomplicated life right now. I could talk about the Bible study we are doing on King David or the books I have been reading, or the devotions I do each day (mostly). I could talk about the shows I watch but this blog isn’t about TV, there are plenty of blogs about TV and celebrities, this isn’t one of them. I could talk about current events, what is happening in the world today. I could talk about my kids – I learned a long time ago – don’t bore people about your kids’ accomplishments – and especially don’t burden them with your kids’ problems. These are all half-decent topics of conversation but the problem is, my mind is thinking of all of them at the same time and that makes it very difficult to organize those thoughts clearly into the written word.

One of these days I will get this together and attempt to put my perfectly good, rational and articulate thoughts down on my virtual paper but I’m pretty sure it won’t be today.

The photo above is awesome isn’t it? It is one of about 5 or 6 that were sent in an email. This is the sky just before hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi with sustained winds at 195 km/hr in Aug. 2005. In the photo, it looks ominous and beautiful at the same time, the results were anything but beautiful. The photo and the subject of the photo really have nothing to do with the topic of this blog post – kind of does illustrate how jumbled my thoughts are – thinking about too many things at once!

I don’t want to abandon my blog. I have no idea if anyone even looks at it but me but it is a place that I can express myself and share pieces of who I am with others. I am going to certainly try to be more faithful at blogging my interests and thoughts. In the meantime, expect more random stuff like the hurricane photo, there is plenty more “random” where that came from!!

From my morning devotion – from, Abiding in Christ – by Cynthia Heald

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The Everlasting God, the Lord,

the Creator of the ends of the earth

Does not become weary or tired.

His understanding is inscrutable.

He gives strength to the weary,

And to him who lacks might He increases power.”

– Isaiah 40: 28 – 29

“…where do we go for rest when we are emotionally and spiritually weary? Isaiah brings us the good news (“Have you not heard?”) — our eternal God abounds in strength and understanding, and He gives His strength and power to the faint. “For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh every one who languishes.” God proclaims in Jeremiah 31:25

What an encouragement to know that this is God’s desire. Yet how do we receive His refreshment?

Isaiah continues, “But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) shall charge and renew their strength and power…” (Isaiah 40:31) Here is the key to spiritual strength: to be still, fixing our eyes on the Lord. Another way of saying this is simply to rest and abide.

When I am in dire need of spiritual and emotional strengthening, I cry out to the Lord, “What am I to do?” His answer is always the same: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and over burdened, and I will cause you to rest — I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls” (Matthew 11:28, AMP).

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Less Than Inspired…

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Distracted and Uninspired

Yes, I have been absent from my blog and writing. I am not busy. I have been distracted.

I can’t seem to focus my thoughts clearly here lately. I look at the screen and go blank and stare off into space, don’t know why but that’s just how it has been.

I received the following in an email today. I’m sure I’ve read it before but was again touched by its message and its truth, it seemed like a good substitute for something I’ve written to be something I’ve read.

The email gives credit to Billy Graham as the author, I will assume that this is true and also credit Rev. Graham.

Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation 

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. 

We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. 

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. 

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. 

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called itambition.

 We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. 

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. 

Search us, Oh God, and  knowour hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free.

Amen!’

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, ‘The Rest of the Story,’ and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘One nation under God.’

 

Psalm 139:23-24

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – KJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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He Is Risen!

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We celebrate the Risen Savior – Christ the Lord.

After the Cross – The Tomb

After Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross at Calvary, a rich man named Joseph was granted permission to prepare the beaten, bloody and unrecognisable body of Christ for burial. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Roman soldiers placed guards at the tomb and put a seal on the stone to secure it, to make sure that none of the followers of Christ came to steal His body.

At dawn on the first day of the week the women came to look at the tomb. 

Matthew 28:2-10

“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”

“The greatest news that has ever flashed from heaven to earth is that Christ the Lord is risen. The angel at the tomb delivered the most important message ever to fall on the ears of mankind: “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6, KJV). The power of those words changed the course of history, brought hope to a hopeless world, and gave believers a purpose and a power that they had never known before.” — Billy Graham

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign. Lowry

The resurrection of Christ is the most significant part of the Easter story. If it ended at the Cross of Calvary where would we be? It is Christ’s victory over death – the grave, that is our Hope – we serve a Living Savior! 

“As the death of Christ removes the penalty of sin and declares the believer to be righteous before God, the Resurrection of the Lord empowers the believer in a transformed life. Both aspects are divine works of grace. By Christ’s Crucifixion, He becomes my Savior; by His Resurrection, He becomes my Lord.

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” — Ross Rhoads

 


 
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Posted by on April 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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