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Praying at All Times

Last week one of my friends posted on facebook that she was praying for her father.  One minute after this post, one of her friends asked what was wrong and after explaining that it was a job interview, another friend said “shew” and “whew” and in the comment indicated they thought it was something bad as well.  Why is it that when we hear someone saying I’m praying for so-n-so that we assume the worst?  Yes we should go to God in prayer to make supplications and intercessions in behalf of those who are in need of whether spiritually or physically,pray but we are also to go to God with thanksgiving as well (I Timothy 2:1).  Too many times God hears from His children only in difficult times and not during the jubilant and mediocre times.  By all means, go to God in prayer when you or those around you are facing troubling times, but don’t forget to pray continually (I Thessalonians 5:17).

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Seeing is Believing?

In his gospel account, John uses both the words “believe” and “signs/works” in the same verse no less than 13 times (2:11, 23; 4:48; 6:29, 30; 7:31; 10:25, 37, 38; 12:37; 14:10, 11, 12). In these instances, there were those who saw Jesus and His works and believed in Him, yet Jesus informs Thomas, “Because you have seen Me, have you BELIEVED? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet BELIEVED.” Therefore many other SIGNS Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that BELIEVING you may have life in His name” (John 20:29-31).  No, we didn’t see Jesus walk on this earth.  No, we did not see the works which He did while living on this earth, but by faith we do see Jesus and His works.  This is why John wrote His gospel, that by seeing by faith, we might believe.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

By Faith I Can See

“By faith I can see, the birth of my Savior, in a manger was He, God sent Him for me”.  “By faith I can see, His life as a sun-bean, I was blind but now I see, His Light is for me; By faith I can see the death of my Savior, from the grave He arose and conquered all foes” (V. E. Howard).  Isn’t this the message of Hebrews 11:1? “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.  While we did not see the birth of Jesus, nor the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can see them through faith.  The song continues by saying, “By faith I can see, the coming of Jesus, When the trumpet shall sound, where will you be found? By faith I can see, the coming of judgment, when the dead shall arise, to meet in the skies.  By faith I can see, blessed Savior is He, for Jesus hath pardoned all my sins and now I am free; By faith I can see, with Him up in heaven, what a day that will be, ‘Tis heaven for me” (Howard).  By faith, we can see into the past as well as the future.  We can be confident and be assured that Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected and likewise, we can be sure there is a day of judgment coming.  As the song asked, on that day, where will you be found?

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Words to Grow On

– A happy heart makes the face cheerful,

but heartache crushes the spirit.

– The discerning heart seeks knowledge,

but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

– All the days of the oppressed are wretched,

but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

– Better a little with the fear of the LORD

than great wealth with turmoil.

– Better a meal of vegetables where there is love

than a fattened calf with hatred.

– A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,

but a patient man calms a quarrel.

Proverbs 15:13-18

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Dare To Share

Dare to share the name of God with someone today.  dare to shareDare to share the life of Jesus with someone.  Dare to share a Bible verse with someone. Dare to share the message of the cross.  Dare to share the plan of salvation.  Dare to share the account of the resurrection with someone. Dare to share the truth about God’s saving grace, tender mercy, and amazing love.  Dare to share “the way” with someone today (Acts 9:2).

“This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time” (I Timothy 2:3-6).

Dare to Share!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

A Generation Goes and A Generation Comes

The book of Ecclesiastes and especially the first chapter is all about the vanity of life.  Our days in this world is fleeting.  Our lives are temporary at best.  While there is much uncertainty revolving around death regarding when and how, one certainty exists, death is coming.  Our small little community lost three individuals on Thursday.  A young adult, a middle aged mother, teacher and coach, and an elderly woman.  Earlier in the week we buried an older lady of our congregation.  We don’t know when we will take our last breath.  Make sure your life is right with God, before it is eternally too late.  Death comes to the young and the old alike and we are not guaranteed tomorrow.  In the words of my father, “death comes to everyone someday, and someday to everyone, and it will be your day before you know it”.  Are you prepared?  Where will you live eternally?  If you have doubts and would like to study what the Bible teaches about life, death, and eternity, then please email me (Travis White) at blessedinhim@facebook.com.  I would love to study with you.  Please remember the families of those who have lost loved ones this week in your prayers.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after” (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11).

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Uncategorized