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“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing,  Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18,19

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. Isaiah 65:17

I know forgetting former things is almost impossible. 

Our minds often go back to the past - of our losses, failures, younger & energetic days, etc. making us more and more nostalgic about our former "Egypt" missing out on the current "Canaan". 

The word of God clearly instructs us to stay away from holding on to the past and to acknowledge His providence for the here and now, instead. 

For those of us who can't do it on our own, His grace will help us through - to forget the former things and to not consider the things of old. 

We will see the miraculous ways God will continue to provide for us through the rest of our lives. Amen. Let us happily accept and cherish the current blessings in our lives. 

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The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of distress... Jeremiah 16:19

The similarities in these scriptures/statements are remarkable!

King David, Prophet Jeremiah and Moses all lived at different times; yet they all related to God in the same way - that He was their rock, their strength and their refuge!

Can we make that bold statement this morning? Is the Lord our rock too? Is He our strength and our refuge?! 

Let us let that sink in a bit and reaffirm our solace in Him if our thoughts had wandered elsewhere...

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Praise the Lord
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.

I know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.

Your name, Lord, endures forever,
your renown, Lord, through all generations.
For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
All you Israelites, praise the Lord;
house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
house of Levi, praise the Lord;
you who fear him, praise the Lord.
Praise be to the Lord from Zion,
to him who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.

~ Psalm 135:1~21
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You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God's slaves. 1 Peter 2:16

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life. Romans 6:22

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Today - July 4th - we celebrate our freedom in the United States. Though we haven't experienced the struggles for they had for this celebrated freedom first hand, we all can relate to our very personal experience of being freed from our sins. 

The question today is: What are we doing with our freedom? Our salvation that is. 

Let us heed to today's scripture reminders and refrain from indulging in our flesh but serve one another humbly in love. Let us live as God's slaves. Shall we?

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The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

Surely the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His loving devotion. Psalm 33:18

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the afflicted with salvation.Psalm 149:4

Of all the people ever lived/live/will live on this earth, there are only two kinds - the godly and the ungodly. There is no race or color or ethnicity that divides people that are united otherwise by these classifications - godly vs. ungodly.

The godly fear the Lord; they put their hope/trust in the Lord; whereas the ungodly mock the Lord and put their trust in mortal men including themselves. The godly acknowledge God's provisions while the ungodly assume it is their own hands that make their living. 

Today's scriptures tell us that the Lord delights in His people - those who fear Him - those who put their trust in Him - which is none other than you and me! And He adorns us with His salvation. 

Praise the Lord. Have a blessed weekend folks. 

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12

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There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. 

Proverbs 6:16 - 19

Let us be careful to stay away from these seven things that are detestable to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We may not be guilty of some of the serious stuff mentioned here; however every one of us is guilty of lying tongues and haughty eyes and wicked schemes, stiring up conflicts and such. Knowing that these are equally detestable to our Lord as much as shedding innocent blood, should keep us on track to refrain from them. 

Shall we try?
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At this time the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken a young girl from the land of Israel, and she was serving Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would go to the prophet who is in Samaria, he would cure him of his leprosy.”

And Naaman went and told his master what the girl from the land of Israel had said.

“Go now,” said the king of Aram, “and I will send you with a letter to the king of Israel.”

So Naaman departed, taking with him ten talents of silver,b six thousand shekels of gold,c and ten sets of clothing.

And the letter that he took to the king of Israel stated: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman, so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and asked, “Am I God, killing and giving life, that this man expects me to cure a leper? Surely you can see that he is seeking a quarrel with me!”

Now when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king: “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let the man come to me, and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house.

Then Elisha sent him a messenger, who said, “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored, and you will be clean.”

But Naaman went away angry, saying, “I thought that he would surely come out, stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the spot to cure my leprosy. Are not the Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not have washed in them and been cleansed?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

Naaman’s servants, however, approached him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’?”

So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored and became like that of a little child, and he was clean.

Gehazi’s Greed and Leprosy

Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God, stood before him, and declared, “Now I know for sure that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”

But Elisha replied, “As surely as the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will not accept it.” And although Naaman urged him to accept it, he refused.

“If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much soil as a pair of mules can carry. For your servant will never again make a burnt offering or a sacrifice to any other god but the LORD. Yet may the LORD forgive your servant this one thing: When my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my arm, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the LORD forgive your servant in this matter.”

“Go in peace,” said Elisha. 2 Kings 5:2-19

Have a blessed New Month!
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Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Psalm 43:5
The psalmist's question to his soul is not answered. It needed no answer. To put it was the first struggle to strip off the poisoned sackcloth in which he had wrapped himself.

But his next word, his command to his soul to hope in God, completes the process of putting off the robe of mourning and girding himself with gladness.

He makes one great leap, as it were, across the black flood that has been ringing him round, and bids his soul: "Hope thou in God." The one medicine for a disquieted, cast-down soul is hope in God.

People say a great deal about the buoyant energy of hope bearing a man up over his troubles. Yes! so it does in some measure, but there is only one case in which there is a real bearing up over the troubles, and that is where the hope is in God.

There is a great lack among all Christian people of realizing that it is as much their duty to cultivate the hope of the Christian as it is their duty to cultivate any other characteristic of the Christian life. ~ A. Maclaren, D. D.

As we wrap up yet another month in this year let us encourage our downcast souls to soar high hoping and trusting in our Lord God to take care of it all. 
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You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. Psalm 4:7

You might wonder how it was possible for King David to be so filled with joy amidst the chaos. In Psalm 16, he gives us an insight into how he managed to be happy.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful b one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

~ Psalm 16:5-11

In the same chapter in verse 4 he writes: Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. Psalm 16:4

So if we need joy in our life, let us run after other gods; but follow the footsteps of  King David keeping our eyes on the Lord. 

Praise the Lord. Have a blessed week!

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I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19

We saw last couple of days that when we hear our Lord's voice, the gentle whisper, the slow still voice of prompting, we are to listen and not hard our hearts. 

Today's scripture takes it a step further to show us how to soften our hearts. Looks like it is something God alone can do - the heart transplant that is. Not only that, He goes on to add more blessing in our lives - both spiritual and material. 

For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all the countries, and I will bring you back into your own land.I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.
I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes and to carefully observe My ordinances.
Then you will live in the land that I gave your forefathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will summon the grain and make it plentiful, and I will not bring famine upon you.
I will also make the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field plentiful, so that you will no longer bear reproach among the nations on account of famine. Ezekiel 36:24-30

Anyone wants these promised blessings in their lives must undergo the heart transplant.

Let us allow God the Holy Spirit to mend our hearts, clean out the dross, and soften it to receive all the above mentioned blessings. Shall we? 
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O come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

For He is our God,
and we are the people of His pasture,
the sheep under His care.

Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts

as you did at Meribah,
in the day at Massah in the wilderness,
where your fathers tested and tried Me,
though they had seen My work.

~ Psalm 95: 6-9

Again for a second day we have the same message from the Holy Spirit.

The little prompting you have, yes, that's Him speaking.

Listen to him.

Do not harden your hearts today. 
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Once again, for the third time, the LORD called to Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you have called me.” Then Eli realized that it was the LORD who was calling the boy. “Go and lie down,” he said to Samuel, “and if He calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Then the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”… 1 Samuel 3:8-10

A familiar incident of God communication with little Samuel. The question I leave for you all today is when was the last time you actually heard the Lord speak?

All it takes to hear His voice is to lie down, be still (in both body and mind), like Eli is advising little Samuel in today's text.

If you want to hear His voice today, be listening. And more importantly:

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion Hebrews 3:15

God bless you! Enjoy the weekend. 
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‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, [f]and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 

Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 

Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. 

And I will write on him My new name.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

Revelation 3:7-13

Praise the Lord for His direct word this morning. Let us heed to the call and be over-comers. God bless you all.

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Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.John 5:24

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. John 6:51

Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me alone, but in the One who sent Me.John 12:44

The question to ponder over today is: Do you believe? Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that is. For everything there is. For the here and the hereafter. Hope you do... God bless you!

Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would. Matthew 8:13
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Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

~ Psalm 33:12-22
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For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. Psalm 56:13

But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself. Psalm 49:15

Our God is a God of deliverance; the Lord GOD is our rescuer from death. Psalm 68:20

For great is Your loving devotion to me; You have delivered me from the depths of Sheol. Psalm 86:13

For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.Psalm 116:8

King David is full of assurance of his safety in the Lord. He trusted completely in the Lord though his situations seemed just the opposite. He was being attacked from all angles by so many enemies who wanted nothing but his life.

Yet King David finds time to love the Lord, and has the confidence in His protection and as we all know eventually finds solace in Him.

What is our lessons learnt for the day? Let us trust God for our safety from sudden danger and more importantly from eternal fire. Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior and then you and your household will be saved. Amen.

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household." Acts 16:31
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Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.

~ Psalm 103 3~22
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Two things I ask of You—
do not refuse me before I die:

Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the bread that is my portion.

Otherwise, I may have too much
and deny You, saying, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
profaning the name of my God. 

~ Proverbs 30:7-9

A simple and straight forward prayer here taught by Agur. Do you suppose we can make it our prayer too? I am.

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There are four things which are little on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:

The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags;

The locusts have no king,
Yet they all advance in ranks;

The spider skillfully grasps with its hands,
And it is in kings’ palaces. Proverbs 30:24 - 28

So, what's in it for us you may ask. Well these tiny creatures mentioned in today's scripture has some lessons for us. 

Ants: Save for rainy days - self-preservation.Instinctively foreseeing the evil, they set themselves might and main to get ready against it. The voice says to us, "Look onward. Now is the summer of grace, the gathering-time of salvation."

Rock Badgers: They are full of timorousness and fear. They show their wisdom by running at the least sound of danger into the crannies of the rocks. This working of the law of self-preservation says to us, "Beware! Be not self-confident! Get away into the clefts of the rock Christ Jesus."

Locusts: The locusts go in well-marshalled and compacted companies. Union, harmony, co-operation are among the chief things in the economy of the locusts. One impulse stirs them. They all act, and act together. Ye are Christ's temple and union is the cement that knits together the severed parts.

Spiders: The chief property of the spider's working is completeness — diligent, persistent completeness. Learn to have a purpose, and bend to it all your powers.

So, today's lessons learnt are: be wise; be confident in the Rock of our salvation; be united with God's church and be diligent in your purpose that glorifies God. 

Amen. Have a blessed weekend everyone. God bless you!
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'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign LORD.'" Ezekiel 12:28

A direct message from God to someone waiting! And I wouldn't dare add anything more to it. 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
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For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.' 1 Kings 17:14

We are all very familiar with this incident above, yet let's read the complete portion of this scripture to understand the full context:
Then the word of the LORD came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 
So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. 
And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 
And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 
And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 
For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’” 
And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 
The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah.
The same God Elijah served we serve today! Amen! The same God who provided for the nourishment of the widow and her household and Elijah during those drought years is still alive and well any very much able to take care of our needs. Praise the Lord!

Keep praising the Lord. We will never run out of the flour in our jars and oil in our jugs. Let us claim it as our own promise from God this morning. Praise the Lord!

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12
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For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:15,16

Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.Hebrews 2:18

He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and misguided, since he himself is beset by weakness. Hebrews 5:2

Jesus Christ - Our Lord and Savior is the King of all kings. He is the Lord of all lords. He is the God of all "gods". 

Yet, the scripture says that we need not fear approaching His throne. The throne of grace. Because He knows our weaknesses. He knows our struggles with temptations. He knows that we are all sinners and without His grace and mercy we cannot live a holy life. 

He is our High Priest. He is our mediator between us and our Heavenly Father. All we must do to approach His throne with confidence is that we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord. As long as He reigns and rules our hearts we need not fear the temptations that come our way. God will help us flee from it. 

So, come let us all in one accord approach the throne of grace with confidence, to receive mercy and find grace. 

Also, let us ourselves be merciful and graceful to those we encounter who maybe struggling with some of the issues we have overcome by God's grace.  

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36
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Fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; cast aside the gods your fathers served beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. Joshua 24:14

Jacob told his household and all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods that are among you. Purify yourselves and change your garments. Genesis 35:2

And I said to you: 'I am the LORD your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.' Judges 6:10

If the LORD is God, follow Him. But if Baal is God, follow him. 1 Kings 18:21

The question for today is, do you serve any false gods? It could be an idol that you cling to or a saint you pray to or the world that pulls you in. Anything that you serve - spend your money, time and energy on that is not godly - can be considered a "foreign god".

Let us be careful to serve our Lord and serve Him only.

Let us make this strong statement: As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD! Joshua 24:15

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Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household. Acts 16:31

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Here's a question I would like to post here at the coffee table this morning. Are you saved? Based on today's scriptures that is. 

Praise the Lord!
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* Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4

* What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

* For we were born yesterday and know nothing; our days on earth are but a shadow. Job 8:9

* Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure. Job 14:2

* Truly each man at his best exists as but a breath. Psalm 39:5

* My days are like lengthening shadows, and I wither away like grass. Psalm 102:11

True we sometimes feel invincible but we would be foolish to believe in that. The word of God equates our lives to a mere passing shadow, a mist, a grass, a breath. Let us be mindful of that in our day to day living. Because though life here in this world ends soon life after is eternal. Our choices in the here and now determines where we end up in eternal life - heaven or hell.

So, anyone here who has not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, if you do not have the assurance of the forgiveness of your sins, please take a minute to accept the Lord. Please.

A simple prayer, 'Dear Lord, please forgive my sins. I open my heart to let you in. Amen' would do. Would you?
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Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23

Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might Ecclesiastes 9:10

Serve with good will, as to the Lord and not to men Ephesians 6:7

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

We get the message; don't we? Let us be happy we have something to do and let's do it to our best for the glory of our God  - not men. 

Have a blessed weekend folks! 
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I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.… Psalm 121:1-8

1. God is the only true help of the soul. He alone can raise it from its fallen condition, break its fetters, heal its wounds, energize its faculties, and set it on a course safe and prosperous.
2. To Him the godly soul instinctively looks in trial. The worldly man in trial looks to earthly things for succor and support, to social sympathies, to human friendships, to Church officers, but the good man turns at once to God, feels that from Him alone the necessary help can come.
1. The universal Creator.
2. A sleepless Guardian.
3. The all-sufficient.

The LORD will guard you from all evil;
He will preserve your soul.
The LORD will watch over your coming and going,
both now and forevermore.
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Dear all: How are you doing? I really appreciate you joining me here at the coffee table day after day. And I would like to get to know you more. If you have the time this morning please send me an email to starlh at hotmail dot com.

If you have any prayer needs please share also.

The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

Numbers 6:24-26

This is the promise verse for you for today.

Love you all in the Lord. Please take care and stay safe.

In His service,

-His servant 

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No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:10

He will rescue you from six calamities; no harm will touch you in seven. Job 5:19

The LORD will guard you from all evil; He will preserve your soul.Psalm 121:7

No harm befalls the righteous. Proverbs 12:21

The fear of the LORD leads to life, that one may rest content, without visitation from harm. Proverbs 19:23

Praise the Lord. Shall we claim these scripture promises for our families this morning?

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I love You, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.
My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
so shall I be saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me.

The cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.

From His temple He heard my voice,
and my cry for His help reached His ears.

Psalm 18

Some of us can relate to these statements as we return to work today after a long quarantine. God has been our strength, our rock, our fortress and deliverer. Amen. He was our shield, refuge and stronghold. And no doubt He will be. 

Be blessed and be a blessing to many. Have a blessed return to work day!
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Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.

He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.

Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;
touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;
shoot your arrows and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;
deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters,
from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies,
whose right hands are deceitful.

I will sing a new song to you, my God;
on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
to the One who gives victory to kings,
who delivers his servant David.
~ Psalm 144:1-9

During the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, Colonel Gardiner, the friend of Dr. Doddridge, and Christian soldier, who was afterwards killed at the battle of Preston-pans, went to Stirling to a meeting of the gentlemen of that town to devise means of opposing the Highlanders, who were approaching under Prince Charles. 

Wishing to encourage his listeners to make every effort, he dwelt on the deficiencies of the opposing army, showed them its weaknesses, and somewhat boastfully declared that if he were only at the head of a certain regiment which he had formerly commanded he would not fear to encounter the whole rebel force, and he was sure he would then give a good account of them. 

Just then the Rev. Mr. Erskine, who stood by the Colonel's side, whispered into his ear, "Say under God, Colonel." At once Gardiner turned, and the hero of a hundred fights replied, "Oh, yes, Mr. Erskine, I mean that, and with God as our General we must be conquerors."

Christians should never forget that God is their General. It is He who is in command, and who brings the victory.
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Lord, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.

Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;

He makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.

I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

~Psalm 143

A beautiful heartfelt prayer by King David. And we know all these prayers were answered and God gave him rest  and a full life. Why don't we make portions of these text as our prayer too, if not all. 
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Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against any of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:18

Aren't you glad it is not said, thou shalt love thy neighbor with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength. No, that would have been carrying the point too high, and scarce have left any sufficient note of distinction between what we owe to man, and what we owe to God only.

But we are called to love our neighbor nevertheless. There is no excuse for not to love. Neighbor here would mean anyone outside of your near and dear ones. In general it all boils down to how you treat others. Do you always put yourself first or think the best for others? Do you walk around with a 'don't care' attitude or always ready and willing to serve?

How is your heart's condition? Do you feel relieved 'the bad' did not happen to you or can empathize for the victim to whom 'the bad' actually happened?

Do you go about spreading rumors about others all the while not realizing how you would feel if you were in their shoes?

Yesterday we saw that if we do not love the Lord, we are not true believers. Today's coffee takes us a step further to insist that even if we say we love the Lord but hate our neighbor, we are all liars.

Let us therefore work on a renewed mind that seeks the best for our neighbors rather than being so focused on ourselves. God bless you!

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 1 John 4:20

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And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5

This is the first and foremost of all commandments to mankind, from God. Jesus Himself quoted it as the prime commandment to keep. 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30

Reverend C.H.Spurgeon explains that our love to our Lord Jesus Christ:
* must be sincere, with all the heart.
* must be intelligent, with all the mind.
* must be emotional, with all the soul.
* must be intense and energetic, with all the strength.
Can it be said of our love for our God? Is it sincere, intelligent, emotional and fervent?

If the answer is a 'No' sadly nothing else you do as a believer matters.

Let us first set our heart right to love our Lord with all our heart, soul/mild and strength. Amen.

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Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Once again we are reminded of the importance of a fervent constant prayer. Or rather a prayerful state of mind. You may ask how. Here's an excerpt I came across on the topic that I wish to share for today's coffee.
At a monthly meeting of ministers in London, a question was proposed to be discussed at the next meeting, viz., "How can we pray always?" A woman at the bottom of the room, attending to the fire, turned round and said, 
"Why, gentlemen, I could answer that question now." Ah," said a minister, "Susan, do you know how to pray always?" "I hope so;" said Susan. "But," said the minister, "you have so much to attend to; how can you find time to pray always?"
"Oh," said Susan, "the greater the variety I have to attend to, the more I am assisted to pray. In the morning, when I open my eyes, I pray, 'Lord, open the eyes of my understanding, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.' Whilst I am dressing I pray, 'Lord, may I be clothed in the robe of righteousness, and adorned with the garment of salvation!'
As I am washing myself I pray, 'O Lord, may I be washed in the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness!' When kindling the fire I pray, 'O Lord, kindle a fire of sacred love in this cold heart of mine!'
And whilst sweeping the room I pray, 'Lord, may my heart be swept clean of all its abominations!' And so, gentlemen, I am praying all the day!" O happy woman!
(Clerical Library)
Do you still think it is unreasonable to be asked to pray without ceasing?
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Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

Watch thereunto; as a sentinel suspecting the approach of an enemy; as a watchman guarding the city during the darkness of the night; as a physician attending all the symptoms of a disease; as the keeper of a prison watching an insidious and treacherous criminal. 

Our hearts need all this care; spiritual enemies are near; the darkness of the soul exposes it to danger; the disease of sin requires a watchful treatment; and the unparalleled deceitfulness of the affections can never safely be trusted for a moment. 

No; we must watch before prayer in order to dismiss the world from our thoughts, to gather up our minds in God, and to implore the Holy Spirit's help. 

We must watch during prayer; to guard against distraction, against the incursions of evil thoughts, against wanderings of mind, and decay of fervor in our supplications. 

We must watch after prayer, in order that we may act consistently with what we have been imploring of Almighty God, wait His time for answering us, and not lose the visitations of grace; for with God are the moments of life, of mercy, of enlargement, and of gracious consolation.

(~ An excerpt from a sermon by Bishop D. Wilson.)

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Colossians 1:9

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From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD. Isaiah 66:23

Praise the Lord! Happy June everyone! 

I know we are living in uncertain times for the last few months. But we have nothing to fear as long as we have our living God. Amen!

If you are wondering how God would meet your needs for this new month - it would be just like how He met your needs in the past five months. Praise the Lord.

Try not to worry about what tomorrow holds, but keep trusting the Lord who holds your (our) future. From new moon to new moon, from sabbath to sabbath let us go and bow down before Him - our Lord. 

So, here's a promise verse for you for this new month:

God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9

Have a blessed month ahead folks! God bless you!
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Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD,
And teach from Your law,
To grant him relief from days of trouble,
Until a pit is dug for the wicked.

For the LORD will not forsake His people;
He will never abandon His heritage.
Surely judgment will again be righteous,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.

Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will stand for me against the workers of iniquity?

Unless the LORD had been my helper,
I would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.

If I say, “My foot is slipping,”
Your loving devotion, O LORD, supports me.

When anxiety overwhelms me,
Your consolation delights my soul.

~ Psalm 94:12-19
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The LORD reigns! He is robed in majesty;
The LORD has clothed and armed Himself with strength.

The world indeed is firmly established;
It cannot be moved.

Your throne was established long ago;
You are from all eternity.

The floodwaters have risen, O LORD;
The rivers have raised their voice;
The seas lift up their pounding waves.

Above the roar of many waters—
The mighty breakers of the sea—
The LORD on high is majestic.

Your testimonies are fully confirmed;
Holiness adorns Your house, O LORD,
For all the days to come.

~ Psalm 93
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It is good to praise the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High,

To proclaim Your loving devotion in the morning
And Your faithfulness at night
With the ten-stringed harp
And the melody of the lyre.

For You, O LORD, have made me glad by Your deeds;
I sing for joy at the works of Your hands.

How great are Your works, O LORD,
How deep are Your thoughts!

A senseless man does not know,
And a fool does not understand,
That though the wicked sprout like grass,
And all evildoers flourish,
They will be forever destroyed.

But You, O LORD, are exalted forever!

~ Psalm 92:1-8
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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.a
I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely He will deliver you
from the snare of the fowler,
and from the deadly plague.
He will cover you with His feathers;
under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the calamity that destroys at noon.

Though a thousand may fall at your side,
and ten thousand at your right hand,
no harm will come near you.
You will only see it with your eyes
and witness the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling—
my refuge, the Most High—
no evil will befall you,
no plague will approach your tent.

For He will command His angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
They will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and cobra;
you will trample the young lion and serpent.
“Because he loves Me, I will deliver him;
because he knows My name, I will protect him.

When he calls out to Me,
I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble.
I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him
and show him My salvation.”

~ Psalm 91
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A prayer of Moses the man of God.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place
through all generations.
2Before the mountains were born
or You brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting
You are God.

3You return man to dust,
saying, “Return, O sons of mortals.”
4For in Your sight a thousand years
are but a day that passes,a
or a watch of the night.

5You whisk them away in their sleep;
they are like the new grass of the morning—
6in the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it fades and withers.

7For we are consumed by Your anger
and terrified by Your wrath.
8You have set our iniquities before You,
our secret sins in the light of Your presence.

9For all our days decline in Your fury;
we finish our years with a sigh.
10The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty if we are strong—
yet their pride is but labor and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

11Who knows the power of Your anger?
Your wrath matches the fear You are due.
12So teach us to number our days,
that we may present a heart of wisdom.

13Return, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on Your servants.
14Satisfy us in the morning with Your loving devotion,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

15Make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen evil.
16May Your work be shown to Your servants,
and Your splendor to their children.

17May the favorb of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish for us the work of our hands—
yes, establish the work of our hands!

~ Psalm 90