Into Thy Hands

“Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit”

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.” Luke 23:46 & 47

Jesus said in John 10:17 & 18, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” As we have seen before, Jesus gave His life to save lost sinners. “He gave up the ghost.” We read of the last Passover, “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;” (John 13:3) He knew that He would return to God. As we also read in Hebrews 10:12, “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;” He came from the Father, and He returned to the Father. As we try to live as Christians should, day by day, it will help us if we also think on these thoughts. Our Christian life begins by accepting the Lord God as our Savior. We have the promise that we will go to heaven in the end. We are just “strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13) “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

Tuesday With Karen

What a blessing to know the One lives within our heart and loves us every day! KI
Easter’s Real Truth
Easter’s real truth began at an empty tomb,
Where Jesus lay, as the Word said He’d do;
After three days, the stone fully rolled away,
He is still living, & loving His people today!
Easter began as Jesus came from the grave,
After giving His life, for souls to be saved;
He shed His own blood to pay for every sin,
Providing the way for all to be born again!
There are many princes and kings today,
But only one King arose from the grave!
He’s triumphant over death, Hell, & sin,
We’re so very blessed to belong to Him!
Easter’s truth is a day of celebration,
Praising His name, for our salvation;
He’s our victorious, living, risen Lord,
We will glorify His name forevermore!
                              
**Easter 2018

Hope Of Eternal Life

YOU know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich — Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.
That in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified — He saved us…according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

ABSOLUTE DEDICATION

There are 3 ways in which Mephibosheth demonstrated his dedication to King David, these traits ought to be seen in God’s children.

A. Mephibosheth Forsook The World – As the grandson of Saul, he had every right to lay claim to the throne.Yet, because he loved the king, he refused to get caught up in the affairs of the world. He placed his devotion to the king ahead of any selfish ambitions that he may have possessed.??What a lesson for the church! There is always a danger that our connection with the world will override our dedication to Jesus. The child of God must always beware, the cares of this world steal our love for Jesus.

B. Mephibosheth Forgot Himself – According to verse 24, the entire time David was away, a period of several months, Mephibosheth neglected himself in what was a display of mourning for David’ return.??Again, there is a lesson here for the child of God. The lesson is that our will is to be swallowed up in the will of the Lord. We are to come to the place where we lose sight of ourselves and of our own interests and become consumed with and focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.

C. Mephibosheth Followed The King – Remember that this man is crippled. When David had to leave Jerusalem because of Absalom’s rebellion, Mephibosheth tried to go to David. However, a wicked servant named Ziba deceived Mephibosheth and went to David alone. He tried to discredit his master before the king, Yet, Mephibosheth gave his heart to the task of following the king!

God’s Grace Teaching Us

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:11-13)

Time and again, we have considered the connection between grace and justification. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Romans 3:24 and Ephesians 1:7). Now, we have an opportunity to ponder once more the relationship between grace and sanctification. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” It is God’s grace that brings salvation to mankind. For nearly 2,000 years, that saving grace of the Lord has been offered to humanity through the preaching of the gospel. This particular verse now adds another function to the work of grace. “For the grace of God [is] teaching us.”

The grace of God not only saves the souls of all who believe; it also works in believers’ lives to teach and instruct them. God’s grace, working through His word (“The word of His grace”—Acts 20:32), instructs and shapes our thinking and living: “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” It is the will of our Heavenly Father that His children turn away from that which is worldly and spiritually compromising. He wants us to walk in godliness, in Christlikeness. God works this into our hearts by His grace.

God’s grace also develops expectant lives, eager to have the Lord Jesus return for His people: “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The grace of God impacting our hearts through His word by His Spirit is His divine means to bring about such transformation in us. To view sanctification as something we can produce through our own performance (that is, by law) is akin to overlooking God’s grace and underestimating the provisions of the cross of Christ. “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

 

Friday Funnies

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

A small town had three churches — and all three were virtually overrun with pesky squirrels.

The first church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that God must have wanted the squirrels there, and the church shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

The second church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creations, so they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

The third church came up with the best and most effective solution: they baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.

WRONG ANSWER

A husband and wife are getting ready for bed. The wife is standing in front of a full-length mirror taking a hard look at herself.

“You know, love” she says, “I look in the mirror and I see an old woman. My face is all wrinkled, my chest sags to my waist, my rear is hanging out a mile. I’ve got fat legs and my arms are all flabby.”

She turns to her husband and says, “Tell me something positive to make me feel better about myself.”

He thinks about it for a bit and then says in a soft voice, “Well…there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.”  

KID’S LOGIC

A nursery school teacher was delivering a minivan full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children fell to discussing the dog’s duties.

“They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster.

“No,” said another, “he’s just for good luck.”

A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.”

Tuesday With Karen

God Provided Himself A Lamb

God provided Himself a Lamb, Jehoveh Jireh, the Great I Am,

He had compassion on the vile condition of man;

So the Lamb of God was given, making all things well,

His heart could not bear to see us cast into Hell!

God provided Himself a Lamb, when He saw the sinfulness of man,

He gave it as a perfect gift from His own righteous hand;

He knew that our sins would cost a very great price,

So He sent forth His only Son, Jesus Christ!

God provided Himself a Lamb, when He knew the sacrifice for sin,

The blood of Jesus was righteous, holy, & pure within;

He died on the cross, that we might forever live,

Shedding His blood, our sins to erase & forgive.

God provided Himself a Lamb, so spotless, humble, & clean,

Giving His life on the cross would supply all our need;

He loved us so much, even when we were in sin,

God provided the Lamb for us to be born again!

 

Senior “Jesus Loves Me”

92 YEAR OLD PREACHER

While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak….

“When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years of preaching.. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials.. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me… the only thing that would comfort was this verse………….

“Jesus loves me this I know.

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong,

we are weak but He is strong…..

Yes, Jesus loves me….

The Bible tells me so.”

The old pastor stated, “I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children’s hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best.”

“Here for you now is a Senior version of Jesus Loves Me”:

JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,

Though my hair is white as snow

Though my sight is growing dim,

Still He bids me trust in Him.

(CHORUS)

YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..

YES, JESUS LOVES ME, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,

With my hand in His I’ll go

On through life, let come what may,

He’ll be there to lead the way.

(CHORUS)

When the nights are dark and long,

In my heart He puts a song..

Telling me in words so clear,

“Have no fear, for I am near.”

(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done,

And life’s victories have been won.

He will take me home above,

Then I’ll understand His love.

(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?

Have I ever told Him so?

Jesus loves to hear me say,

That I love Him every day.

Freedom to Forgive

JOHN 13:34 (KJV)
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Reading through the gospels, I’m constantly amazed at the simplicity of the teachings of Christ. His words were simple, straightforward, and right to the heart of the issue every time. For example, He summed up The Old Testament Law with the words, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and soul, and strength, and mind. And love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Luke 10:27) In that same simple manner, He instructed His followers, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Sometimes it is easy to “get back” someone that hurt you, but God tells us to love them. True freedom comes when we can let go and let God.

It’s the Little Things

by Meagan Davis

The Thing We Never Hear About Lot

I was recently reading in Genesis and I came across this verse:
And while, he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. – Genesis 19:16
There are so many things that I learned from this verse right here. Here are a couple of the lessons.
First, we see our human nature. Lot was forcefully removed. I think that we often hear the story as “Lot left.” Not as “Two angels forces lot to leave the city.” They set him outside of it. We can see so many things about ourselves from this verse. Lot was warned. He knew full and well that Sodom was going to be destroyed. He had a conscience at some point because the New Testament tells us that he was a just man, but his conscious was so seared that he was satisfied in his sin. He was content to stay and be destroyed by his own stubbornness and love for sin. Don’t you think that we often do the same thing? We get so stuck in our sin. We are satisfied. We are content to stay in Sodom. It’s comfort, it’s constant exposure, it’s contentment in sin. But this brings me to the second point.
Second, we see God’s nature. God is merciful. We often don’t care enough about ourselves to remove ourselves from bad situations. But God does. He loves us so much that even when we are stuck in our own sin, He wants to help. So sometimes, he has to forcefully remove us from a situation. I can think of specific times in my life where God has done this for me. If you are a child of God, you can probably think of some too. It could be an ended relationship, an exposed secret sin, a humility check. You know. And sometimes, we’re tempted to be mad at God. Why would He do that to us? How could this ever be okay? Because of His love. God is so merciful to us even when we have no desire for His mercy.
Human nature versus God’s nature. What a contrast! I’m so grateful that my nature is not the nature of God. If it was, boy, would we be in trouble! But in spite of my sin and stubbornness, God is perfect. He is love. He is merciful.