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Psalm 46:1-7
9/11/2020 7:29:48 AM
1-God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2-Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3-Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.
4-There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5-God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6-The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7-The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah.
Isaiah 59:19
8/24/2020 11:49:13 AM
"So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.  When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."
Till the Storm Passes By
7/16/2020 11:17:14 AM
I'm not sure why the Lord has put this on my heart for the blog today or who it's for but back in 1958 Mosie Lister wrote a song entitled "Till the Storm Passes By".  It's a song that has always blessed my heart tremendously.  Here are the words for somebody today who may really be needing it.  

"In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry
Keep me safe till the storm passes by
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by
Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by"
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by
When the long night has ended and the storms come no more
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by."
Psalm 13:1-6
6/15/2020 10:20:24 AM
1-How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2-How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3-Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4-Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5-But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6-I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

On This Rock I Stand
5/14/2020 8:03:20 AM
This old hymn is on my heart this morning and it is what I want to give to you.  Written by Edward Mote in the 1800s.  "My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.  On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand,  All other ground is sinking sand.  When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. His oath, His covenant, His blood support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.  When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.  On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand,  All other ground is sinking sand."  Amen!! 
Waiting on the Lord
4/14/2020 8:02:14 AM
Waiting has never been one of my strongest virtues. I've often thought of myself like the person who is okay for God to do the work, but just be fast about it.  I guess we're all like that, aren't we?  We are dealing with a situation now that we are forced to slow down. We can't make this situation move any quicker and it seems as though it creeps along so slowly.  It reminds of what the psalmist says in Psalm27:14-Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:wait, I say, on the LORD.  Easier said than done, right? But the blessing that comes is worth it.  He shall strengthen our hearts.  It means to establish, fortify or make strong.  I don't know about you, but that is exactly what I need during these days.  For Him to make strong my heart.  Waiting isn't easy, but the benefits of it will be the reward of gaining His strength within.
Thank God for the Cross
4/10/2020 10:03:40 AM
Paul wrote in Galatians 6:14-But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It was Fanny Crosby that wrote the words, "In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever; till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river."  The cross reveals the amazing love that God has for sinners.  Were it not for the cross, we would have no way of salvation.  Billy Graham once said, "Once you have been to the cross, you will never be the same."  I thank God today for the cross!
We are Made for a Better Land
4/7/2020 8:40:34 AM
We live in this world of sin and sorrow but God has saved us and destined us for a better land.  C.S. Lewis once said, "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."  As the old hymn says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through."  We are made for a better land and some day soon we'll arrive home safe and sound.
We Won't Face Anything He Can't Handle
4/3/2020 3:20:44 PM

It is often so much easier for us to focus on our difficulty or problem than it is to focus on the Lord.  He is in complete control at all times.  Nothing slips by Him; He knows all we face and all that we need to deal with it.  Max Lucado tells the story of a time when he was with a missionary flying from village to village in the interior of Brazil.  The missionary flew a small plane that worried him greatly.  He says he wiggled and squirmed; holding on with fear.  Finally, the pilot looked at him and said, “We won’t face anything that I can’t handle.  You might as well trust me to fly the plane.”  (“Anxious for Nothing”, Max Lucado)  Maybe that is what you (and I) truly need to do today.  We need to realize that there is nothing we won’t face that He can’t handle and just trust Him to see us through.

John 14:27
4/2/2020 2:35:12 PM
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Isaiah 40:28-29
3/31/2020 8:26:52 AM
"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength."
Psalm 27:1, 5
3/25/2020 8:27:45 AM
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Jesus
3/21/2020 12:20:26 PM
"Jesus: Five letters. Six hours. One cross. Three nails.  We live because he does, hope because he works, and matter because he matters.  To be saved by grace is to be saved by him--not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus himself."   -   Max Lucado from "Jesus, the God Who Knows Your Name"

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