What Mighty Arms

What mighty arms belong to God Himself,
The One who placed us on this earth to dwell;
He hung this very world into place,
Each day that we live, He’s giving new grace!

What mighty arms are on the Great I Am,
His Word was written to bless the heart of man;
He’s still great today in every work He does,
More than worthy of all our faith & trust!

What mighty arms lift us from the ground,
If we need strength, He’s there to be found;
He’s always there, whether daylight or dark,
Giving us the love needed for our heart!

What mighty arms provided a Saviour,
Giving salvation and lasting favor;
When Jesus shed His blood on the cross,
He gives us the Way to be saved, not lost!

KI

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Traditions

Acts 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

One thing I love about this time of year is the traditions we have in our family. One of them is sitting down to watch the Jimmy Stewart movie, It’s A Wonderful Life. You may have seen it, but it’s about this fellow named George Bailey who grows up in a small town and has great dreams and aspirations of seeing the world and making lots of money.

But through a series of circumstances that he couldn’t control, George never could get out of that little one-horse town. Every time he tried, something happened to keep him there. And to top it off, through a mistake one day it appeared that he would be sent to jail.

He was ready to end it all when an angel came to show him what the world would be like if he’d never been born. And George Bailey came to understand that even though he didn’t get to achieve his dreams, he did have a wonderful life that impacted many more people than he realized.

I’m convinced there is a little George Bailey in all of us. We want to achieve significance on a huge scale and often forget the small ways that our lives have deeply impacted those around us. Thank God for where He’s placed you and the people you’ve been able to impact. And one day when you meet the Lord, you’ll realize you really did have a wonderful life.

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Overcome

From Upper Room devotional

As a boy, I mastered the art of catching fish bait. First, I had to find a patch of tall grass. Then I walked systematically through the grass, with one foot sweeping forward in a slow scythe-like motion. Scared crickets would leap, at which point I would crouch, cup one hand, and pounce. Somewhere along the line, I lost my passion for catching crickets — and on a much larger scale, for mastering new things. From fear of failure or disapproval, I now stay safely in my comfort zone. In fact, as an adult, I live more like a cricket than a person, hiding and leaping in fear. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus says, “Fear not.” He appreciates faith-driven courage and boldness, such as that of the paralytic’s friends (in Luke, chapter five). In 2 Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy to rekindle the gift of God that was in him. Although Timothy was loyal and dependable, he apparently struggled with being timid, just as I do. Paul urged him to remember that God’s power was at work in him. In times when I feel small and scared, like a cricket, it’s comforting to know that God’s powerful Spirit is also in me, encouraging me, “Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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Friday Funnies

DOOR BELL

A pastor is walking down the street one day when he notices a small boy trying to use the doorbell on a house across the street. However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach.
After watching the boys efforts for some time the pastor walks across the street up to the little fellow and rings the doorbell.
Kneeling down next to the child, the pastor smiles and asks, “And now what, my little man?” To which the boy replies, “Run!”

BIG OR LITTLE

Can you tell me why a $10 bill looks so small at the grocery store but so big at church?

DIRECTIONS

A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store.
As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, “Son, can you tell me where the post office is?”
The little boy replied, “Sure, just go straight down the street a couple of blocks and turn to your right.”
The man thanked the boy kindly and said, “I’m the new pastor in town, and I’d like for you to come to church on Sunday. I’ll show you how to get to Heaven.”
The little boy replied with a chuckle, “Awww, come on; you don’t even know the way to the post office!”

COFFEE

A newly married couple were arguing who is making the coffee, the wife said that in the Bible it says that men should make the coffee and the husband asked her where it said that.

The wife opened the Bible and said: “Right here in HE BREWS!”

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Bible Study

God Bless America, Land That I Love!
?2 Chronicles 7:14-22 ??The song says, “God bless America, land that I love…” And I’m convinced that God has blessed America. But the Bible teaches that to whom much is given, much is expected. If so, then God must expect a lot from America.??

I. AMERICA‘S PAST?? Let’s think back about America’s past? ??ILL. History tells us that in 1620 a group of Christians, who called themselves Pilgrims, made their way from England across the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of this land. They had received permission to settle in the northern part of the region known as Virginia to establish a colony & erect a church that they hoped would be free & independent of the Church of England.??But late fall winds battered their little boat, pushing them northward. And when they finally sighted land it was at a place we now call Cape Cod, Mass. The date was Nov. 21. They didn’t want to land there because it was a cold & forbidding wilderness. ??So they debated for a while. “Should we try to get to Virginia, or just go ahead & settle here?” Finally, they decided that their little boat would probably not make it to Virginia. So they came ashore at a place that we know as Plymouth Rock.??But before they did, they wrote what is known today as “The Mayflower Compact.” It began with these words: “In the name of God…, we whose names are underwritten… Having undertaken, for the glory of God, & advancement of the Christian faith…, a voyage to plant a first colony in the northern part of Virginia, do… solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, & one of another, covenant, & combine ourselves together…”??Did you hear what they were saying? “We have come here in the name of God.” “We have come here to glorify God.” “We have come here to advance the Christian faith.” They were saying, “We are unashamedly Christians, & we search for a place where we can worship God the way we feel the Bible teaches us to worship Him.” ??ILL. Someone has said, “The difference between North & South America is that the Spaniards went to South America in search of gold, but the Pilgrims & Puritans came to North America in search of God.” There is enough truth in that to explain some of the differences in the history & development of our two continents.??The earliest foundations of this new land were spiritual foundations. We are a nation built upon faith in, & commitment to, God.

II. AMERICA’S PRESENT??. Secondly, think about America’s present. Are you proud to be an American? I am. I still get chills when I sing the “Star Spangled Banner.” I still get tears in my eyes when I say the Pledge of Allegiance. I love this country, & I’m proud to be an American.??There are so many things you can do in this land that you can’t do anywhere else in all the world.??B. There are many wonderful things about our country that we could mention this morning, but I’m concerned about America.??Listen to this warning found in 2 Chronicles 7:19-22. God is speaking to Solomon & to the people of Israel. He says, ??“But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 20Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. 21And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 22And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.”??The Bible very clearly teaches that if we love God & obey Him, then He will bless us. But this passage teaches that if we forsake God, if we serve other gods & worship them, then God will remove His blessings. That’s what happened to Israel. And I think that’s what happening to us today.??ILL. Did you hear about the New York elementary school teacher who was fired from her job? It was not because she was immoral, not because she abused the children, not because she used vulgar language, but because when one of her students died tragically, grieving classmates asked the teacher, “What happens when you die?”??She answered, “I think she’s gone to heaven. But if you want to talk about this, I’ll be glad to meet with you after school is over.” ??Twenty-nine of the kids met with her after school, & she told them about her faith in God & His Son, Jesus Christ. She told them she believed in heaven & that their classmate was with God now & happy for all eternity. Then she prayed with the students.??But one of the kids in her class who had not stayed after school was upset with what she had done & went to the administrators. The teacher was fired immediately, & told to clean out her desk. Before crying students she cleaned out her desk the next day & went out into the world of unemployment.??Someone has said, “You know, it’s ironic. They tell us about guns & the danger of guns. They pass out condoms & say, ‘Go home & have safe sex.’ But when we want to talk about the One who created us, we can’t talk about Him.”??We have slid a long ways down that slippery slope from where we started, haven’t we? And if we don’t stop that slide, we’ll lose everything that God has given to us. ??We started down that slippery slope not 7 or 8 years ago, but 35 & 40 years ago. When our government said, “You can’t pray in school,” many of us stood by & watched with folded arms. When we were told that we could no longer read the Bible or honor God in school, we stood by & didn’t say a word.??When abortion was legalized & millions of babies were aborted, we didn’t do anything. We have been on this slippery slope for a long time. ??We’re the most materially blessed people in all the world. In fact, if you’re at the poverty level in this country, you’re in the top 5% of the wealthy people of the world. God has blessed America!

III. AMERICA’S FUTURE??And finally, what about America’s future? What does God expect of America? We have already said that God expects a lot.??A. What will America be in the future? What does God really expect? You tell me. Listen to what Micah 6:8 says, “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”??

  1. First of all he says “to act justly,” which means to do what is right. God expects our country to do what is right, to do the right thing even though the wrong thing is the easiest & maybe the most pleasant thing to do. It means to take care of the poor & the elderly, to minister to the sick & the unborn, to protect them, to tell the truth.
    1. Secondly, he says “to love mercy.” That means to extend mercy & forgiveness to others. We have received it ourselves. We all know that we’re the recipients of God’s mercy. We have been forgiven by Him. We have done nothing to earn our salvation. God has saved us by His grace & by His mercy.
      1. Thirdly, we are “to walk humbly” with the Lord. Now that may be the most difficult of all because, you see, the natural tendency is to be proud & arrogant & overconfident. ??B. One of these days God’s wrath will overflow, & God’s going to say, “I have had enough. I can’t take anymore.”
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Wade’s Wednesday

Will You Be Around?

ByRichard De Haan

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you
do not know what a day may bring forth. —Proverbs 27:1

I read the following account in a medical magazine: When the physical examination of a 78-year-old man had been completed, the doctor recommended that he come back in 6 months for another checkup. At this suggestion the aged patient shook his head and said, “Doctor, I don’t think I’ll be around then.”

“Nonsense!” replied the physician with a reassuring smile. “You’ll be around for years yet.”

The elderly man gave him an odd look, then explained, “I mean that I’ll be in Florida. I go there every January.”

This story may cause us to smile, but the question it raises is very sobering. Will you and I be around tomorrow, next month, next year? It surely is sensible to make plans for the future, but we must always do so with an awareness of life’s uncertainty.

As James 4:14  reminds us life is “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Because of this we ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” (v.15).

Will you be around in 6 months? Let this question prompt you to live faithfully for
the Lord Jesus Christ today.

The present only is our own,
Live and toil with a will;
Do not wait until tomorrow,
For life’s clock may then be still.
                                                   —McCartney

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Tuesday With Karen

The Counsel of the Lord
The counsel of the Lord is right & true,
His wisdom is able to guide us through;
We’re so blessed to have Him on our side,
He’s there for us, giving Godly advice!

The counsel of the Lord is never wrong,
His direction will give our heart a song;
Following His Way makes our life complete,
Listening to His Word meets all our needs!

The counsel of the Lord is for the saved,
Who long for Him to show the right Way;
We ask Him to guide anything we do,
In each day we live, He gives grace anew!

The counsel of the Lord, precious to know,
It’s worth more to us than silver or gold;
He gives it to us from His throne above,
Everything He says is spoken in love!

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It’s Reason Enough

It’s reason enough, in just being saved,
To give Him glory, honor, & praise;
He forgave our sin as He saved our soul,
It’s the day He brought us into His fold!

It’s reason enough to glorify Him,
For giving His Son to die for our sin;
He shed His blood on Calvary’s cross,
He wants to save everyone who is lost!

It’s reason enough, belonging to God,
He cares for us with love that changes not;
He walks beside us when the way is dark,
Giving compassion to our weary heart!

It’s reason enough, for all that He does,
To praise Him with all our faith & trust;
He comforts & guides us by His holy Word,
Blessing us better than anyone deserves!

KI

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God Won’t Even The Score

God won’t even the score, He’ll win the game,
We’re safe & secure as we call on His name;
The devil will trouble us while we’re here,
If we ask for God’s help, He’s always near!

God won’t even the score, but have victory,
Every moment we live, He meets our needs;
He sees everything that’s taking place,
Walking by our side, giving us His grace!

God won’t even the score, He’ll win the race,
He does it all with great power and grace;
This world has been tormented for so long,
He’ll defeat the devil, prevailing so strong!

God won’t even the score, but win for sure,
He’s King of kings, Lord of lords to endure;
We’re on the winning side within His fold,
Living for Him, a sweet blessing to know!

KI

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God Has A Plan


God has a plan for all that comes along,
Giving us His grace, making our spirit strong;
Regardless of what we don’t understand,
Things go much better, from in God’s hand!

God has a plan for things to turn out right,
He knows what goes on, in our darkest night;
He’s the shining Light, showing us the Way,
For all He does, our heart gives Him praise!

God has a plan if our life gets perplexed,
His wisdom always knows what will be next;
He waits for His children to call on His name,
If He touches us, many things will change!

Every plan God has is righteous & true,
There’s nothing in life He won’t lead us thru;
He cleansed & saved us as we met the Lord,
His perfect plan takes us to Heaven’s shores!

KI

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