Monday Memories: Countless Blessings

Psalm 106:1:  “Praise the Lord!  O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”

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Life’s journey hurries along

Blessing with joy and her song

 

Remembering His blessings each day

Our mighty God molds us like clay

 

God crafts His creation with love

Offering His blessings from above

 

Rising from cold, darkened tomb

Christ restores light to every room

 

Filling with Spirit, no more strife

Savior extends His bread of life

 Hiding, dark enemy ready to harm and take

Christ’s way conquers, with love He makes

 

Son of Man submits to our Holy Lord

Paying for sin’s ransom, so climb aboard

 

Being gracious for everything that shines

God, Savior, family, home, and love so fine

 

Life’s possessions are meager, they are

Blessings from God will carry us, truly far

 

Pause and consider, dropping to knees and bow

Praising God for infinite blessings, do it now

 

 Psalm 29:11:  May the Lord give strength to His people!  May the Lord bless His people with peace.”

Originally published August, 2019 with revisions December, 2022.

Peace Yet to Come (Second Sunday of Advent)

From Micah 5:3-5:  “Therefore He shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of His kindred shall return to the people of Israel.  And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.  And they shall live secure, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth, and He shall be the one of peace.”

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From root of Jesse

Rises spirit of man’s hope

Filling believers with peace

Climbing up faith’s slope

 

Called to one body

Newborn King shall share His peace

Extending bridges to God

Writing hope’s new lease

 

As children of God

Blessed be His peacemakers

Filled with Father’s righteous peace

Hope’s new groundbreakers

 

Future hope muffled

Reconciled through Father’s grace

Reclaiming merciful peace

Bethlehem’s birthplace

 

Hope’s light filled with peace

Easing burdens of others

Shattering sinful darkness

For every brother

 

Creation’s spirit

Promise of restoration

Foretaste of peace yet to come

Hope’s new foundation

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Another beloved Advent hymn is “What Child is This.”  The lyrics were crafted by English hymn writer and poet, William Chatterton Dix, in 1865.  In 1871, the tune of a traditional English song, “Greensleeves,” was added to the lyrics.  This hymn shares the spirit of peace, forever witnessed in the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Focus on Jesus (Elfchen Series #129)

Son of God

Witnessing

God’s truth

Feeding faith’s hunger

Mercy saving another soul

Jesus

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Savior’s Actions

Hope’s

Emptiness fading

Nourished with mercy

Living Water quenches thirst

Jesus

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Unselfish Love

Father’s

Righteous expectations

Swallowed by sin

Mercy arrives at Calvary

Jesus

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Looking Forward

From Lamentations 5:7:  “Our ancestors sinned; they are no more, and we bear their iniquities.”

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Life’s actions turning left

Mindless thoughts moving right

Endless, fruitless efforts

Waiting in depths of night

 

Tarnished hours filled with sin

Darkness sails for Hell’s fire

Tumult of restless seas

Facing evil’s crossfire

 

Righteousness marks new life

Son of God offers grace

Selfish aims fall away

Walking without disgrace

 

Always looking forward

Salvation’s cost, high-priced

Blood on Calvary’s cross

Looking to face of Christ

 

Mercy removes blindness

Empty tomb raises hope

Old ways crumble to dust

Clutching redemption’s rope

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From Romans 3:23-24:  “Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Watchman Nee Quote

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God will answer all our questions in one way and one way only.  Namely, by showing us more of His Son.

From John 3:17-18:  “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through Him.  Those who believe in Him are not condemned, but those who do not believe are condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Watchman Nee (1903-1972) was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher.  He authored a collection of Christian books, and he endured persecution for his beliefs.  Ultimately, he died while being imprisoned for the final twenty years of his life.

Thomas Fuller Quote

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He does not believe who does not live according to his beliefs.

From Colossians 2:6-7:  “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) was an English preacher and historian.  

Most Powerful Name

From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders, and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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Single blessed name

Sown in virgin’s womb

Coming to reclaim

Grace leaves empty tomb

 

Name above all names

Crowning Him our Lord

Father’s seed proclaims

Salvation’s accord

 

Most powerful name

Faithful Prince of Peace

Saving from hell’s fire

Mercy’s centerpiece

 

Jesus, be His name

Sharing righteous love

All saints now acclaim

From heavens above

 

Christ, our Savior’s name

Sin’s darkness wiped out

Everlasting claim

Father leaves no doubt

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From Mark 15:37-39:  “Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  Now when the centurion who stood facing Him saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!'”

Max Lucado Quote

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Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.

From Romans 5:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”

D. L. Moody Quote

The preaching that this world needs most is sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.

From Romans 6:4:  “Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.”

D. L. Moody (1837-1899), also known as Dwight Lyman Moody, was an American evangelist and Christian teacher.  He is frequently credited with inspiring modern mass revivalism.

Monday Memories: Jesus Comes Near

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Life’s wilderness breathes–this dark, lonely place

Falling away with sin, feeling disgraced

Searching for hope’s light, weary of darkness

Shame and guilt unmask tracks, never erased

 

Coming to this place, filled with prickly thorns

Plowing straight through, left bloody and battered

Searching for new hope, never forgotten

This harsh life’s future, forever shattered

 

Ominous clouds loom over horizon

Lightning strikes, temple curtain torn in two

Searching for life’s fresh start, to be reborn

Plodding into darkness, absent of clues

 

Deserving life’s worst, approaching the Pit

End of time arrives, stop and surrender

Searching for God’s Grace, feeling forsaken

Heavens brighten up, with newfound splendor

 

Stumbling steps make haste, Eternity waits

From bloody Cross, hope springs from empty tomb

Searching and accepting, come near this Cross

Salvation through Christ, our Father’s heirloom

 

Jesus beckons, come forward, taking knee

Bring sin’s burdens to the Cross, forever free

From Titus 2:11-13:  “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives hat are self-controlled, upright,and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 

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