Oswald Chambers Quote

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This abandon to the love of Christ is the one thing that bears fruit in the life, and it will always leave the impression of the holiness and the power of God, never of personal holiness.

From 2 Corinthians 5:14-15:  “For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.  And He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for them.”

Infinite Love

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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Singing praises to Holy Lord

Looking up to heavens beyond

Rejoicing, filled with His glory

Trusting faith, believers respond

 

Building our daily faith and hope

Targeting His grace for our needs

Magnifying love with mercy

Looking upon each tender reed

 

Blessing earth’s next generation

Doing great things, God is His name

Showing almighty, loving strength

Lighting our way, eternal flame

 

Watching over His creation

Conceiving heavens high above

Reigning forever and ever

Downloading His infinite love

 

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From Luke 1:46-48:  “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on the lowliness of His servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.'”

Follow Him (Haiku Series #150)

Daily

Seeking lasting peace

Reverent morning prayer—

Kinship with our Lord

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Any Moment

Take each perfect gift

Coming from our Creator—

Transformed by His grace

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Moved to Action

Respond to His call

Loving hearts serving neighbors—

God of Mercy leads

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Spirit Leading

From Romans 5:5:  “Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

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Holy Spirit leading

Life takes Father’s high road

His love pours into us

Following divine code

 

Holy Spirit shaping

Jesus shares Father’s grace

Character’s makeover

Transforming life’s dark place

 

Holy Spirit aiming

Righteous hand reaches out

Christ ties our sin in knots

Replenishing life’s drought

 

Holy Spirit forging

God’s desires take over

Feet now follow Jesus

Tasting sweetest clover

 

Holy Spirit guiding

Actions change journey’s path

Grace strengthens faith and hope

Producing life’s new code

  

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From Romans 8:26-27:  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

Monday Memories: Faithful Prayer

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Praying for others through God’s love . . .

 

Praying with patience and care

Asking God with nothing to spare

 

Witnessing son’s lasting love for his Dad

Time spent together, making both glad

 

Bringing empathy and care to a young boy

Cancer rages, but medical staff deploys

 

Waiting for prodigal children to return

Inviting God, His lessons will be learned

 

Watching a lost mother, now showing love

Children feeling God’s mercy, from above

 

Allowing time to heal a brother’s relationship

Now picking up the phone, full of friendship

 

Battling health problems for years and years

Faithfulness and hope carry on, without fear

 

Nurturing a relationship, despite great distance

Love flourishes, with God’s constant assistance

 

Finding life no longer survives through a bottle

Weekly AA meetings turn up a man’s throttle

 

Moving to a new city, with its new demands

New job arrives, life settles in God’s hands

 

Feeling empty loneliness, each and every day

Woman discovers love, with so much to say

 

Revealing unconditional love toward a spouse

Love carries on, refilling this blessed house

 

Sacrificing His Son for our sinful ways

God offers Jesus, with Salvation today

 

Praying for others through God’s love . . .

 

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Safeguard Our Children (Elfchen Series #71)

Listen

Children

God’s treasures

Heed His call

Care for each one

Entrusted

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Love

Children

Innocent lives

Nurtured with care

Making our world better

Adored

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Reassure

Children

Precious gifts

Share God’s love

Protect them from harm

Cherished

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Cherished Treasures

From Mark 10:14:16:  “‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.  Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’  And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”

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Our children and grandchildren

Grace fills their nurturing love

For generations to come

With God calling out with love

 

Young, innocent, and fragile

Our youth require constant love

Their welfare rests in our hands

With God sending lasting love

 

Our decisions beg wisdom

Cherished treasures need our love

Number “One” priority

With God shielding through His love

 

Unselfish, humble adults

Time to step forward with love

Our angry wrangling at rest

With God moving hearts with love

 

Common sense should always lead

Precious children seek our love

Misplaced actions now buried

With God dispatching His love

 

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From 1 Corinthians 13:11-13:  “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

As a community, we are called by God to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of our children and grandchildren.  There can be no greater calling when we are encouraged by the love and grace of our Heavenly Father.

Hungry Feast

From John 6:35:  “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

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Gathering in community

Preparing for His Hungry Feast

Coming to Heavenly Father

Worshipping Christ, our Holy Priest

 

Traveling life’s difficult road

Hungering for peace in our hearts

Tasting fellowship with Jesus

Targeting us with grace-filled darts

 

Fulfilling hope from Father’s love

Joining at His holy table

Seeking lasting, peaceful comfort

Witnessing Bethlehem’s stable

 

Rejecting evil’s dark presence

Praising and worshipping our Lord

Filling our hunger from His feast

Riding Gospel’s train . . . all aboard!

 

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From Matthew 5:6:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

The hymn “We Come to the Hungry Feast” inspired the writing of this poem.  Some churches also use this tune as a communion hymn.

God’s Steady Hand (Haiku Series #146)

Always

Beware of idols

Turning away, seeking truth—

Placing faith in God

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Everlasting

Love abides in God

Seeking lost and wayward sheep—

Welcoming each home

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Forever

Father, be gracious

Faithful promises leading—

Hearing each prayer

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Charles Stanley Quote

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When Jesus asks His followers to be like salt, He is reminding us that we are valuable and necessary in bringing out the best–in one another as well as the world–through ordinary acts of service, mercy, love, and humility.

From Mark 9:49-50:  “For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”