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5/17/2021 8:44:58 AM
"Biblical encouragement is no casual kind word, but rather a premeditated resolve to lift the spirit of another person." - Max Lucado   Is there someone you know who could use a word of encouragement today?  Go ahead and give it.  It will help make your day and theirs.
Some Golden Daybreak
4/5/2021 7:54:49 AM
Years ago Carl A. Blackmore wrote this song.  Had it on my heart this morning.
"Some glorious morning sorrow will cease; Some glorious morning all will be peace; 
Heartaches all ended, school days all done; Heaven will open–Jesus will come. 

Some golden daybreak Jesus will come; Some golden daybreak, battles all won; 
He’ll shout the victory, break through the blue; Some golden daybreak, for me, for you.

Sad hearts will gladden, all shall be bright; Goodbye forever to earth’s dark night;
Changed in a moment, like Him to be; Oh, glorious daybreak, Jesus I’ll see. 

Oh, what a meeting, there in the skies; No tears nor crying shall dim our eyes; Loved ones united eternally; Oh, what a daybreak that morning will be.

Some golden daybreak Jesus will come; Some golden daybreak, battles all won; 
He’ll shout the victory, break through the blue; Some golden daybreak, for me, for you."
Psalm 119:81-86
2/15/2021 7:58:18 AM
Verse 81 - My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
Verse 82 - Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
Verse 83 - For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
Verse 84 - How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
Verse 85 - The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
Verse 86 - All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
Psalm 62:1-12
12/14/2020 8:27:27 AM
1-Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

2-He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

3-How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

4-They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

5-My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6-He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.

7-In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8-Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

9-Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

10-Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

11-God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

12-Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

The Old Wet Rooster
11/26/2020 7:42:06 AM
I read the story, related by another preacher, that was printed several years ago in the "Pentecostal Evangel" where J. K. Gressett wrote about an agriculturist named Samuel S. Scull, who lived on a farm in Arizona. This is part of the story he told:
"One night, a fierce storm struck with rain, hail, and high winds. At daybreak, feeling sick and fearing what he might find, Samuel went to survey the loss.  The hail had beaten their garden and truck patch into the ground; the house was partially unroofed; the henhouse had blown away, and dead chickens were scattered about. Destruction and devastation were everywhere.  While standing dazed, evaluating the mess, and wondering about the future, he heard a stirring in the lumber pile that was the remains of the henhouse. A rooster was climbing up through the debris, and he didn’t stop climbing until he had mounted the highest board on the pile. That old rooster was dripping wet, and most of his feathers were blown away. But as soon as the sun came over the eastern horizon, he flapped his bony wings and proudly crowed.”  (From a CAL post)  Sometimes you feel as though all you've been through this year has crashed in on you, but, like that old wet rooster, we are able to rise up out of the mess today and still give glory to the One who has redeemed us and kept us safe, bringing us to where we are right now.  Are things still a mess around us?  Sure, but for now, let's lift our head to heaven and give thanks to the Lord who has blessed us far greater than we all deserve. 
Always Trust What God Has Said
11/17/2020 6:38:15 AM
I just wanted to give you something that I haven't been able to get off of my mind and heart since yesterday.  It is something I heard or read a long time ago that says this, "Never doubt in the dark, what God has told you in the light."  If He has promised you something when things were well, don't doubt Him now though things may be tough.  What He said then, is still true now.
Jeremiah 29:11-13
11/13/2020 10:25:18 AM
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
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.
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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