Charles Stanley Quote

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When we view life from God’s perspective, every hardship becomes an opportunity to trust His good purpose, fully depend on Him, and respond in a manner that glorifies and exalts Christ.

From Philippians 1:27-28:  “Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel and in no way frightened by those opposing you.  For them, this is evidence of their destruction but of your salvation.  And this is God’s doing.”

Welcoming Savior

From Luke 2:10-11:  “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.'”

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Fling wide each window

Open every gate

God walks among us

Welcoming Savior

 

Choir of angels sing

From heavens above

City of David

Salvation’s bright light

 

Answer to prayers

Shepherds witness birth

Praise this King of Kings

Called Emmanuel

 

Trust God’s divine plan

Faith’s most Holy Rock

Fill hearts with gladness

Redemption paid for

 

Father’s act of grace

Eternity’s gift

Hope, peace, joy, and love

Welcoming Savior

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From Galatians 5:22-24:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Gracious and Merciful

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Always remember

Recounting gracious deeds

Breathing trust into faith

Life’s every tender reed

 

Lord fulfills great acts

Praising each, filled with love

Witnessing mighty hand

Angels sing from above

 

Never-ending grace

Sending His Son to build

Lasting bond with Father

Redemption shall be filled

 

Merciful journey

Gathering at one cross

Shedding His blood for all

Evil swallows his loss

 

New covenant calls

Forgiving sinful ways

Creating hope’s new life

Salvation’s hands now raise

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Monday Memories: God’s Team

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Jesus gathers up His apostles from humble ground

Making up God’s team, their witness shall abound

 

God’s Word oversees the performance of this team

Standing as chief executive, seeing holiest theme

 

The Holy Spirit earmarks the hearts and brains

Serving as the binding glue, better than chains

 

Returning to the beginning of God’s creative time

Transforming a land, His Word continues to climb

 

The Creator conceives of a perfect place for man

Placing Adam and Eve in Eden, always His plan

 

But, Adam and Eve journey on a sin-filled path

Leaving the ample garden, under God’s wrath

 

From this moment, God’s team stumbles and wanders

Facing estrangement from God, His people squander

 

Jesus comes to bridge what separates us from God

Sitting at the right hand, coaching a humbled squad

 

God establishes His expectations, perfectly high

Faltering and imperfect mortals, will never satisfy

 

The team continues to collapse over and over again

Forgetting God’s Commandments, sin seems to win

 

Many teams measure success by the flashy show

Works by themselves, will never add much glow

 

But, Jesus shepherds His team on a brand new track

Following by faith alone, Jesus always has their back

 

He reminds us to always love our God in Heaven’s seat

Loving each other as you have loved Me, always repeat

 

A bloody, criminal’s Cross summons all to take a knee

Accepting Jesus as Savior, teammates look up to see

 

Our Father orchestrates, with infinite patience and love

Creating and molding, the Great I Am looks from above

 

Jesus remains alert at the Creator’s side

Carrying keys to eternal life, all bona fide

 

As team members, we must trust, follow, and abide

Playing for Jesus, His coaching is forever our guide

 

 

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Originally published January, 2020.

His Voice

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Many voices compete for our attention, but abundant life comes when we listen to our Good Shepherd.”

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Good Shepherd’s voice

Searching for sheep

Finding lost ones

Mercy won’t sleep

 

Recognizing

True Shepherd’s Word

His voice shares grace

Forever heard

 

Good Shepherd’s faith

Persistence heeds

Calling His sheep

Voice gently leads

 

Shepherd holding

Salvation’s keys

Closed gate opens

God’s voice agrees

 

As faithful sheep

Hearing His voice

Safely at home

Always rejoice

 

Coming to Christ

Believers walk

Trusting His voice

Hope’s solid rock

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From John 10:3-5:  “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.  They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

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.

All Things

From Psalm 25:5:  “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”

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Living in God’s Kingdom

Providing all things

Sharing His steadfast peace

Grace forever springs

 

Healing our tattered souls

Witnessing our plight

Stirring up lasting faith

Eternity’s light

 

Filling hearts with mercy

Kindling each sunrise

Soaring on eagle’s wings

Glory in God’s eyes

 

Casting darkness aside

Saving every heart

Loving each child of God

New life now restarts

 

Blessing with His goodness

Hearing our sad cries

Raising us up in Christ

Salvation’s franchise

 

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From Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Monday Memories: Angel’s Message

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Summer’s radiant warmth fills the morning air

Playing children scamper, filling simple cares

 

Park trees arising with lively hues, bounty of dreams

Dancing shadows flowing beneath, moving like streams

 

People come and go, some stay for more

Singing above, summer birds fly and soar

 

Empty benches welcome many, resting a spell

Inviting a gray-haired man to sit now and dwell

 

Images scurry around him, some only in his mind

Remembering yesteryears, when all felt defined

 

Career, money, and power once meeting his needs

Sitting all alone now, like ancient dried-up reeds

 

One detail has been missing in his life

Leaving God has wounded like a knife

 

Alone, feeling forsaken, helpless at times

Living a life, nothing richer than springtime

 

Laughing and carefree, small children bring him joy

Filling his empty heart, much like a brand new toy

 

At God’s chosen bench, now sharing with a stranger

Smiling, a lady shares about a stable’s Holy manger

 

She notices him here quite often, sitting all alone

Inspired by God’s love, now enters his quiet zone

 

This visit and chat create sweet treasures

Sharing God’s Word, true by any measure

 

Jesus’ message of Salvation brings honest light

Kneeling, the old man accepts his Holy might

 

This worn bench brings God to a lonely heart

Allowing this man, a fresh and bold restart

 

Her assignment being fulfilled, now time to travel on

Replenishing this man’s heart with Grace and a song

 

Many others arrive at this park every day

Missing out on what this angel has to say

 

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A. W. Tozer Quote

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The deeper into the heart of God I go, the more the Enemy will oppose me, bu the more God will draw me.  The Enemy may be strong, but his strength is limited, whereas God’s grace has no limit.  

From Ephesians 2:8-10:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them.”

Salvation’s Grace

From 1 Peter 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

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Suffering endless trials

Resulting from earthly sin

Why does God permit such pain?

Allowing His glory to win

 

Testing character by fire

Sharing His perfect design

Dependence grows upon God

Sending redemption’s lifeline

 

Fostering genuine trust

Sowing faithful repentance

Salvation’s grace rises up

Freeing from hell-fired sentence

 

Kneeling at Calvary’s cross

Witnessing death’s empty tomb

Now accepting God’s mercy

Saving sinners, new hope blooms

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From 1 Peter 1:8-9:  “Although you have not seen Him, you love Him, and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”