Oswald Chambers Quote

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Faith is not in what Jesus says but in Himself; if we only look at what He says we shall never believe.

From Luke 18:41-43:  “‘What do you want me to do for you?’  He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’  Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.”

Quiet Grace (Elfchen Series #93)

Boldness

Faith

Grace refilling

Every precious day

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Eyewitnesses

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Journey

Walking

Never alone

Holy Spirit’s voice

Yielding to His guidance

Transformation

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Blessing

Darkness

Hiding sin

Divine light’s guidance

Grace nurtures Christ’s forgiveness

Believe

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Life’s Winter Darkness

From Psalm 31:9-10:  “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.  For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.”

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Feeling earth’s numbing cold

Facing each new trial

Life’s winter darkness stirs

Filling another mile

 

Witnessing grief and loss

Traversing heavy snow

Life’s winter darkness stands

Causing impulse to slow

 

Prowling disease and strife

Reading storm’s latest news

Life’s winter darkness shouts

Raging snow sings the blues

 

Plodding in Arctic’s chill

Crushing social unrest

Life’s winter darkness tests

Failing every quest

 

Viewing world’s upheaval

Blinding blizzard’s whiteout

Life’s winter darkness runs

Bulldozing faith with doubt

 

Guiding light now arrives

Accepting Father’s grace

Life’s winter darkness fades

Walking in Spirit’s place

 

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From James 4:5-6:  “Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’?  But He gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

Miracle Child

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A young, married couple plans to fill their Christian home with children.  Facing fertility issues, the husband and wife seek advice from doctors.

After months of trying the medical route and completing test after test, they retreat from doctors. As they decide to focus on their continuing journey of prayer, their dream of having a baby is left in God’s hands. 

A few more months run their course, and the couple is still waiting.  In God’s plan, an answer will eventually come, but it will be by His design and used for His glory.

Witnessing God’s lasting hope, peace, joy, and love, this Christian husband and wife discover their wish will be granted.  A baby will be born just after the New Year begins.  They are excited, but they take time to praise and show gratitude to their Heavenly Father.

Eventually, the baby boy arrives, but he has decided to enter the world too soon.  Born prematurely and much smaller than expected, the boy’s status concerns his parents.  Their “miracle” child is born, and the medical staff sees that he is well-taken care of.

Over the coming weeks and months, the couple care and love their little “Bubba” as they like to call him.  He may be undersized, but he is healthy and growing.  They feel so blessed and thankful.

For many couples, this scenario plays out around the world.  With God’s guidance and modern medical care, more and more families are experiencing the joy of children in their lives. 

Other families turn to adoption or foster care of children.  When choosing what path to take, bringing God into the equation helps to guide each decision.

In contrast, the world has its own “miracle” child . . . a babe born in a Bethlehem stable over 2,000 years ago.  God comes to earth as the incarnate Emmanuel.  His light continues to guide lives each and every day.

John Eldredge Quote

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Only by walking with God can we hope to find the path that leads to life.

From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

By Faith Alone

From Hebrews 11:1:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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Praising his earthly work ethic

Man seeking Father’s lasting grace

Totally missing Gospel’s heart

By faith alone, shall love embrace

 

Preparing for Heaven’s homeland

Mercy of Christ walking ahead

Righteousness, marking worldly path

By faith alone, waits daily bread

 

Tasting God’s eternal goodness

Earthly trials, evil’s dark hand

Lord’s strength overcomes man’s weakness

By faith alone, His grace commands

 

Seeking blessings for things hoped for

Filled with promises, where love dwells

Thirsty for Christ’s living water

By faith alone, salvation swells

 

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From Hebrews 11:6:  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

Lee Roberson Quote

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The greatest faith is born in the hour of despair.

From Ephesians 6:16:  “With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

Faith’s Adventure

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Obeying God’s will in our lives should not be a burden but a thrilling adventure that we walk through with Him each day.”

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Believer’s obedience

Thrilling adventure

Filled with Father’s blessed grace

Divine, joint venture

 

Trusting with patience of Job

Faith’s foundation grows

Living upon Father’s rock

His way always knows

 

One step follows another

Smallest matters count

Daily walk of faith matures

Father’s blessings mount

 

Escaping from sin’s darkness

Mercy marks life’s route

Repenting for transgressions

Father’s grace takes sprout

 

Obedience grows with love

Leading back to God

Life’s choices, Father rewards

His glory’s tripod

 

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From Psalm 40:6-8:  “Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear.  Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.  Then I said, ‘Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.  I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.'”

Never Alone (Haiku Series #165)

Trusting

Walking through life’s fire

Never to blindly stumble—

God always walks close

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Depending

Darkness testing faith

Patiently trusting Father—

Accepting His plan

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Witnessing

Holy Spirit seeks

Guiding tongues in bringing forth—

Pure and blessed speech

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Filled with Joy (Third Sunday of Advent)

From Zephaniah 3:14-15:  “Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel!  Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!  The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, He has turned away your enemies.  The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.”

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Looking inward, changing selves

Repenting, reversing course

Searching for life’s cherished peace

Joy spreads from Bethlehem’s source

 

Reading, praying, reflecting

Preparing our minds and hearts

Beaming starlight in dark times

Joy brightens, world seeks restart

 

Rejoicing always, Lord is near

Restoring fortunes, Prince of Peace

Renewing tomorrow’s hope

Joy transcends Father’s new lease

 

Trusting in God’s promises

Waiting with welcoming grace

Singing praises, justice calls

Joy blossoms in this birthplace

 

Proclaiming mercy-filled peace

Glowing, rising midnight sun

Igniting life’s dormant faith

Joy worships birth of God’s Son

 

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You are invited to join in prayer:  Lord God, your love and mercy promise hope, joy, and peace.  During this season of Advent, open our hearts in preparation to receive our Savior.  Amen.

“Joy to the World” is frequently sung during the Advent and Christmas season.  Written in 1719 by English minister and hymnwriter, Isaac Watts, this hymn has been a favorite for well over 100 years in North America.