Old Man Trouble

From the words of British pastor and theologian, Charles Spurgeon:  “The closer we are to the Shepherd, the safer we are from the wolves.”

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Encountering another of life’s setbacks

Visitor from the darkness shouts, “I am back”

 

Old Man Trouble comes knocking at my front door

Relentless, he desires to even the score

 

How will I choose to deal with adversity?

His darkness masks the sky over this city

 

Tackle straight forward what Old Man Trouble brings

Or . . . wait timidly for his continued sting

 

God’s Word teaches us and brings us hope:

 

We all live preciously in God’s perfect sight

He gathers us in His loving, Holy might

 

Past—present—future . . . from the Great I Am

Making it through turbulent seas for each lamb

 

Through desolate wilderness, God shares a way

Bringing rivers of hope to this life’s gateway

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Looking Old Man Trouble in his doom-filled eyes

With faithful courage, my hope begins to rise

 

Life waits to see . . . who will finally blink first?

With God’s living water, quenching my parched thirst

 

Listening, following God’s steadfast handbook

His love will save me with a whole new outlook

 

Bringing Godly fortitude, when needed most

Old Man Trouble defeated, nothing to boast

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From Isaiah 43:2-3:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Dedicating time to knowing and experiencing God is a critical step toward a satisfying walk with Him.

From Psalm 63:1-2:  “O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.”

His Greatness Stands

From Psalm 146:1-2:  “Praise the LordPraise the Lord, O my soul!  I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.”

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Bless the Lord’s name forever

Sing praises for Holy deeds

His greatness stands infinite

Loving us like tender reeds

 

Witness our Lord’s mighty acts

Share with each generation

His greatness lauds His goodness

Building our firm foundation

 

Recall love works from His hands

Fueled by Grace’s steadfast love

His greatness flows with mercy

Protecting us from above

 

Call on the Father this day

Pray to Him on humble knees

His greatness lighting the way

Watching over all He sees

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From Psalm 145:17-18:  “The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.  The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

Warren Wiersbe Quote

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He watches over us in the storm, and He can bring us out of the storm when His purposes have been fulfilled.

From Proverbs 16:9:  “The human heart plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.”

Accept His Invitation

From Isaiah 55:1:  “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.”

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Seeking abundant life

Never arrives from man

All will thirst for much more

Accept God’s Holy plan

 

Our Lord’s invitation

Never hidden from us

Just step forward today

Follow God, always a plus

 

Tasting His bread of life

Never bitter to eat

Peace arrives with each day

Listen for its steady beat

 

Our Father’s always near

Never absent with love

Come, come worship the Lord

Read His Word, from above

 

Finding life’s one true joy

Never alone with Him

Invitation welcomed

Filling us to the brim

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From Isaiah 55:12:  “For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace.”

Follow His Road Map

From Proverbs 30:5:  “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

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Feeling weary and lost

How can any prevail?

Desolate road ahead

Actions will surely fail

 

Lost in darkness of life

Our Father lights the way

Filled with His righteousness

God’s road map saves our day

 

Our Lord’s Word speaking truth

Daily meditation

Bible’s meanings ring clear

Leading to salvation

 

Study God’s Holy Word

Share its hope and Good News

Trusting each promise

His commands, we must choose

 

Inhale, breathe it all in

Fed by the “Bread of Life”

Quenched by “Living Water”

Transforming daily life 

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From the words of American-born missionary and Christian theologian, E. Stanley Jones:  “The Gospel is not so much a demand as it is an offer, an offer of new life to man by the grace of God.”

Lettie B. Cowman Quote

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God will make obstacles serve His purpose.

From Matthew 8:23-27:  “And when He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.  A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but He was asleep.  And they went and woke Him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us!  We are perishing!’ And He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’  Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm.  They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?'”

Walking in Confidence

From Romans 15:13:  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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Life’s journey suddenly growing cold

Living under clouds of uncertainty

No longer feeling confident and bold

 

Even confident people possess fears

Overcome by unplanned dilemmas

Feeling much like the rest of our peers

 

Our faithful prayers will be heard

God’s will scatters those stormy clouds

Never lose hope, listen to His Word

 

As neighbors, our love supports each other

Through our steadfast encouragement

Children of God, true sisters and brothers

 

Tackling problems on life’s clipboard

Filled with determination and courage

Walking in confidence with our Lord

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From the words of German-Dutch Christian author, Thomas a Kempis:  “Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Never try to live the life with God on any other line than God’s line, and that line is absolute devotion to Him.

From John 6:67-69:  “So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’  Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.'”