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The God of Creation

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He whose hands have formed the mountains He whose power has made the sea He whose voice can calm the waves of storm And whispers peace inside of me
He who brings the morning sunrise As a painted light of hope He who ends each day with the sunset’s splendor Spreading color throughout its broad scope
He who brings the rain upon the earth As a quenching of its thirst Bringing life and hope to all therein Renewing, and providing food for all the earth
This is our God who created all The wondrous Master hand That formed the earth and universe Who breathed the breath of life into man
He is so great; His power unfathomable His creation with beauty clothed The intrinsic details He has designed Within nature are enclosed
Although we cannot understand The design of all He’s made I’m so thankful that He chose to openly show His love, for our debt of sin He paid
Not only is He powerful Not only is He great But perfect in love and merciful Of His grace I can relate
His holiness is complete His ma…

Suffering, or Selfish?

Paul suffered a lot for the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 describes this suffering. He met with much persecution. He also carried a burden much like that of a pastor—“the care of all the churches.”
There were inward and outward struggles.
“In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.” 2 Corinthians 11:27

Many of us complain when we find ourselves weary on a daily basis with the stresses of life.
We feel sorry for ourselves when we face chronic pain, or some kind of disease.
We make a big deal about the many sleepless nights.
If we don’t get the type of food we want to eat, or if our tea isn’t sweet enough we make a fuss.
We rarely fast--- it’s a thing of the past.
We complain about not having anything to wear, when in reality, we are spoiled with more than we need.
We live in a spoiled, unthankful society of silver spoon fed, childish adults. It’s all about us. But wait a minute…. Shouldn’t it be about …

The Preeminence

Colossians 1:17-19 (KJV) "And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell;"
The changing of the leaves, the bright colors, the smell of fall, the cooler temperatures, the shorter days, all indicate that winter is on its way.
Another year is almost over, another day is almost done.  What have we done for Christ today?  In what way have we furthered the kingdom of God this year?  What treasures have we laid up in Heaven?  What has our focus been on?  What has our attitude been like?  Have we done our best for Christ out of a deep, sincere love for God?
This time of year often gets us to thinking about our blessings as Thanksgiving Day approaches.  We often try to catch up on our giving thanks for the entire year of an un-thankful attitude.  We try to refocus a…

The Emptying of Your Vessel

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Don't be afraid of allowing God to empty you of self. Yes, it can be rather uncomfortable and even frightening when He turns your vessel upside down in order to pour out the foul, dirty, selfish motives and pride. It feels as if your whole world is changing, familiarity fades away, strong holds disappear, change is inevitable. But in the emptying process, a cleansing from hidden and besetting sins occurs, freeing the soul for the Master's use.
Then as you stand there a clean, empty vessel fit for the Master's use, you find your submission and surrender to His will a beautiful thing.
But greater yet, the moment He picks you up in His hands once more, with the intention of using you for a Heavenly purpose, your heart rejoices like never before! To be honored with the privilege of doing a work for God, whether great or small, is a joy I cannot explain. The yielded heart experiences the joy of usefulness like none other. It makes the uncomfortable emptying process worth all o…

The Victory through Him

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57.
The victory I have The victory He gave The victory in Jesus  Mighty to save
Sin no more has dominion Jesus has won His Blood made the atonement It is done!
The temptation still comes  My old man to feed But victory through Grace Is all that I need
I claim what He’s promised I rest in His word I lean on the Everlasting Arms  And utilize the Spirit’s Sword
Through Him I am triumphant His presence strengthens me Through the Light of His word The victory I see
What a wondrous Savior! My protecting friend I thank God that I’ve found The victory through Him!
~EM KENNEDY~

Wake Up to the Truth!

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“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:33-34
Asleep to the truth, wandering and roaming Claiming to know Jesus, but not really knowing Singing the songs, talking the talk But never quite able to walk the true walk Bearing the name of Christian and believer Yet living a life that appears to be led by the deceiver No victory from sin, no real repentance To the things of God and the Spirit, still resistance The Bible is dusty, the prayers un-prayed A selfish attitude has settled in and stayed Self-righteousness rules, but God is not pleased He’d much rather see one down on his knees Are you a Christian? Oh, yes! You claim that it’s true But where is the proof that you’ve ever been made brand new?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Repent

Realize the fact that you have sinned, sorrowing over it.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23 (KJV) “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10
Emphasize the result of your sin.  “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Place your faith in Jesus’ death on the cross for your sins as the only means of salvation.  “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Earnestly turn away from your sin, forsaking it permanently. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
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