Tuesday With Karen

The Power Of Prayer

The power of prayer is still ours today,
God listens when He hears anyone pray;
From the tiniest unto the greatest deed,
God always gives us anything we need!

The power of prayer is still strong & true,
By it in each day, we are carried through;
God hears us cry when we seek His face,
Giving us His wise and unending grace!

The power of prayer is given each day,
As God directs us to walk in His Way;;
He cares for His own in so many ways,
Amazing things happen if we only pray!

The power of prayer is given to God’s own,
He hears our cries, we are never alone;
He nourishes us by His loving care,
Whatever we face, God is always there!

Remember

If you ever get the chance to go to Washington, DC, you have to make time to go to Arlington National Cemetery. The fields are full of white crosses lined perfectly in rows across beautiful hills. You can walk for hours around the cemetery and still not see every cross. It’s a sobering reminder of so many who gave their life in service of this country. When you walk around the cemetery, you also notice the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, in every kind of weather, men and women guard the unknown soldiers who gave their all.

There’s also a wall in DC that has the names of those who died in Vietnam. It is over 246 feet long and contains over 58,000 names of soldiers who died in that war or went musing in action. As you walk along beside it, there are people with paper and pencils who find the name of a loved one and create a rubbing of it to take as a souvenir. It’s their way of remembering the person who sacrificed so much for this country. I remember tearing up as I read the names and watched people visit this wall. I didn’t know a name on it, but God knows every one.

On Memorial Day, we set aside time as a nation to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life. Whether you agree with war or not, whether you agree with the politicians who sent these soldiers over seas or not, take moment today to honor those soldiers who died giving you the right to express that opinion. So many places in this world, so many “free” countries don’t give their citizens the right to have a dissenting opinion of the government or it’s officials. Our military members stand guard each day to protect our borders, our way of life and our freedoms.

As the saying goes, “All gave some. Some gave all.” Today, we say thank you to those who gave all. We pray for families who lost a mother, father, son, daughter, husband, wife, brother or sister. While we light up the grill and lay by the pool, they grieve over a family that is forever changed. It’s not just the soldier who paid a high price, the family did as well. If you know a family who has paid that price, send them a text or Facebook message to say thank you. Let them know their sacrifice isn’t forgotten and it wasn’t in vain. Honor them today by showing your appreciation.

Romans 13:7  reminds to pay respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.Today, amid all the fun and sun, find your own way to pay respect and honor to the fallen soldiers. Find a way to say thank you. If you see an active duty military person, shake their hand, say thank you, teach your children to respect them and to honor their service. One day they may be called up on pay the ultimate price for you and they will willingly go and pay it whether you agree with them or not because that’s what they do. They honor us with their lives, we honor them with our appreciation.

Memorial Day

A Day to Honor Life

To some Memorial Day is merely the beginning of summer and to others it’s a solemn day to remember those who have passed from this life.

However, to the war veteran and to the families of fallen soldiers, Memorial Day carries significance so deep that words cannot express their hearts.

When we look into the eyes of those who still mourn these once vibrant men and women, we often sense their loneliness and pain. We hear them choke back tears as they simply say the ranks and names of their military brothers and sisters at a Memorial Day service. White gloves, dress uniforms, rigid posture, and perfectly precisioned salutes represent the reverence and respect flowing from within. Those who have been personally affected by war understand and appreciate this day of remembrance.

What should we say to those who sincerely honor this day? “Happy Memorial Day” doesn’t seem fitting. “I’m sorry for your loss” may be closer to appropriate. What would the fallen soldier want from their comrades and the rest of the country on this day?

In an often quoted Memorial Day speech given in 1884 by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the speaker ended his address with these words,

“Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.”

The American soldier who gave his or her life for U.S. citizens to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness won’t be telling us how to observe the holiday. But I believe that Holmes’ proposition to “think of life, not death” would honor the fallen soldier. Their sacrifice follows the example of Jesus Christ laying down His life for our freedom. It’s selfless love for others — not so they can mourn forever, but live!

Notice that in scripture and in military service, the willingness to give up one’s life is not dependent on the worthiness of the people who benefit from the honorable act. In a perfect world, all who receive freedom and grace would be worthy of such a sacrifice and full of gratitude. But that’s not the way it is anywhere on earth.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us .” Romans 5:8

We are blessed to be living in a free society. May we honor our American soldiers for the liberty we have in this country. May we also give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom we have to spend eternity with Him because of His gift of forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes

By John Boehner

This weekend we pause to remember the men and women who answered the call to serve their country – and paid the ultimate sacrifice, so that we might live in freedom. Wherever these patriots rest, we offer them the respect and gratitude of our nation.

As President Ronald Reagan said:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

As we pay tribute to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who died so that we might live free, we also honor those who are defending our liberties around the world today. They fight not for land or power, but for an idea enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and woven in the very fabric of what it means to be an American: that all men are created equal.

Because of their sacrifice, generations of Americans have been blessed to live in freedom.  This Memorial Day, I hope you’ll join me in remembering the fallen and thanking our warriors for their service to our country.

Friday Funnies

80 year-old woman getting married for 4th time

An 80 year-old woman was recently married to her 4th husband. A reporter questioned the occupation of her newly acquired husband. She replied that he owned a funeral home. Curious about the other husbands, the reporter also asked about their occupations. The woman paused for a while and stated that her first husband was a banker. The second one she was madly in love with and he was a circus master. The third one was a minister. Puzzled by her answers, he replied, “None of these people have anything in common! Why did you marry these?” She stated that she married number one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.

Cranky Beautician Arguing with her Customer

A woman came into the beauty shop one day to get her hair fixed.  Her beautician was noted to always be complaining about most everything.  The customer stated that she was planning on leaving for Rome in a few days.

Beautician: Rome…Rome…Why that is one of the dirtiest cities you could ever go. How are you going to get there?   Customer: We are flying Continental Airlines.

Beautician: Continental…They are the worst airline! And they have the ugliest hostesses. Where are you staying?  Customer: We are staying in the Villa.

Beautician: Villa…Villa! Why that is so overrated and way too expensive. I wouldn’t stay there if I were you. What are you going to see?  Customer: We are planning on seeing the Pope.

Beautician: Why girl, you would be lucky to even see him from long distance. Don’t you know everyone wants to be around him. You won’t be able to get within a mile of him.

A month went by and the customer went back to the beautician, hoping to break her of her bad habits. The beautician asked her what she has been doing and the customer replied that she had just got back from Rome.

Beautician: Rome…I bet your flight was bad. Customer: No, the flight was great. They had actually overbooked the flights and gave us first class seating and fed us steaks all the way to Rome. And our hostess was the most handsome man I had ever seen!

Beautician: Well. What about the Villa?  Customer: Funny you should ask. The Villa had just completed a $5 million restoration. They were also overbooked and we were forced to stay in the owner’s personal villa. Wow! The accommodations, the service, we had everything, we lived like kings!

Beautician: Well…what about the Pope?  Customer: We took the tour to the Vatican. One of the guards taped us on the shoulder and stated, “The Pope often entertains a few people now and then, would like to have a personal visit with the Pope?”

Beautician: I can’t believe that. What did the Pope say? Customer: He took one look at me and asked, “That’s the worst hair-do I had ever seen! Who fixed your hair?”

 

 

Bible Study

Today’s Church Ezra 3:10-13; Haggai 2:1-4
 
A. I want to give a quick history of what has led up to the Book of Haggai:

  1. In 597-586 BC the Babylonians torn down the walls, destroyed the Temple in Jeru­salem and took the Jews captive because of the continual idolatry and disobedience of Israel.
  2. 70 years of captivity in Babylon have now passed and King Cyrus has allowed about 40 to 50 thousand Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple, under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua, the high priest.
  3. The Jews faced great opposition from the Samaritans to the rebuilding of the Temple. The Jews became weary of the enemy’s opposition. In days of what should have been excitement (they were finally home, the walls being repaired, and the Temple rebuilt) we find:

a) Their zeal began to wane. (Fatalistic – What’s the use)

b) The excitement wore off. (Going through the motions)

c) They became Distracted (Because of the opposition)

d) They became Discouraged (Because of the slowness of the work)

e) They became Disappointed (Because it was not as glorious as Solomon’s Temple)

f) They became Disillusioned (That the glory was in the outward adornment of the Temple and not the quality of worship and people (worship is spirit and truth, not numbers!)

B. In Ezra, we see the old men who had seen Solomon’s Temple in all of its beauty wept as they compared it to the foundation now laid. The young men who had never seen Solomon’s Temple shouted for joy.

Haggai 2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?

C. I want to give an analogy between their day and ours.

  1. The former days of “glory” in the Independent Baptist Movement are gone! As the temple that Solomon built, they are not coming back.
  2. We live in the later days of Laodicea, apostasy, falling, and forsaking.

D. These should be days of great excitement as we “see the day approaching!” Our Lord is coming and we are leaving! We have been awarded the opportunity to labor in the Lord’s vineyard in these last perilous times.

E. And, yet, we often become:

  1. Discouraged because of lack of numbers and so often a lack of visible movement among God’s people.
  2. Disappointed as we look back over the last few decades and see the general apostasy, lukewarmness, and general forsaking of God’s house.
  3. Disillusioned because it is not like it once was.

F. We need not weep because what used to be is gone; we need to shout over the privilege to live in this present day. There is certainly a work to be done in our day and ground to be held. The local church not only needs to move forward but it also needs to maintain some things.

1.The local church needs to maintain its doctrinal purity.
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

  1. The local church needs to maintain its ecclesiastical separation.
    Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
    2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord
  2. The local church needs to maintain its testimony.
    Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
  3. The local church needs to maintain its mission outreach.
    Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
  4. The local church needs to maintain its reaching souls in its Jerusalem.
    Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
  5. The local church needs to maintain its fellowship and unity.
    1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  6. The local church needs to maintain its prayerfulness.
    Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

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Wade’s Wednesday

The Sacredness of
Circumstances

By Oswald Chambers

We know that all things work together
for good to those who love God
…Rom. 8:28

The circumstances of a saint’s life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you can’t understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands.

God brings you to places, among people, and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose through the intercession of the Spirit in you. Never put yourself in front of your circumstances and say, “I’m going to be my own providence here; I will watch this closely, or protect myself from that.” All your circumstances are in the hand of God, and therefore you don’t ever have to think they are unnatural or unique.

Your part in intercessory prayer is not to agonize over how to intercede, but to use the everyday circumstances and people God puts around you by His providence to bring them before His throne, and to allow the Spirit in you the opportunity to intercede for them. In this way God is going to touch the whole world with His saints.

Am I making the Holy Spirit’s work difficult by being vague and unsure, or by trying to do His work for Him? I must do the human side of intercession—utilizing the circumstances in which I find myself and the people who surround me. I must keep my conscious life as a sacred place for the Holy Spirit. Then as I lift different ones to God through prayer, the Holy Spirit intercedes for them.

Your intercessions can never be mine, and my intercessions can never be yours, “…but the Spirit Himself makes intercession” in each of our lives(Romans 8:26). And without that intercession, the lives of others would be left in poverty and in ruin.

Tuesday With Karen

Put Your Trust In God

Put your trust in God, everything you face,
There’s no trial greater than God’s grace;
Life causes storms & raging winds to blow,
Just being His child gives peace to any soul!

Put your trust in God, He’ll keep you safe,
Sheltering your life, showing you the Way;
Nothing His hand does ever goes wrong,
His loving grace makes your spirit strong!

Put your trust in God, for He never fails,
His mercy & grace will always prevail;
All the promises God has ever made,
Are still standing true, even now, today!

Put your trust in God, fully with your heart,
He walks with you, in love that won’t depart;
He gave eternal life when you asked Him in,
Many blessings come when you trust in Him!

Stand

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” Ephesians 6:14

• I am a Christian. If I don’t tell the unsaved how to keep from spending an eternity in Hell, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that sin is wicked and destroys our lives and those around us, who will?

• If I don’t tell them what God says is sin, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that abortion is against God’s commandments, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that homosexuality is a chosen sin-style that angers God, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that God’s way is right, and all other ways are wrong, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that God planned for man to have one wife, and that both should be faithful to each other until death, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that God has preserved Has I is will and way in the King James Bible, so we will know exactly what He wants us to know, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that everything that names itself “Christian” is not necessarily of God, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that there is a real devil that doesn’t want them to do what God wants them to, who will?

• If I don’t tell them that it is the same devil that tempts, confuses, and deceives them so they won’t know God’s way or want to obey it, who will?

• If I don’t show the world that there is a proper, rewarding, God-desired lifestyle, who will?

• If the unsaved world can’t see that I am different from them, who will show them that there is a difference between those bound for Heaven and those bound for Hell?

• If my life is not an example of how good God is, and that He is alive and still working in His children’s lives, whose will?

• If I don’t have the “guts” to stand up for what I believe, and what God’s Word commands, who will?

As a Christian, I have many responsibilities. Instead, of sitting around and not being the Christian I should be, I need to be a light in this sin darkened world.  I need to start telling them — now!

Oh, and by the way, I am not telling you these things because I think I am better than you or that I think you are a terrible person.  I am a saved sinner and know that I also displeased, and at times angered, God. I tell you these things because I love you and want the best for you!  Hopefully, you would do the same for me if you had the Truth!

Bath Day

When I was a young boy we did not have a inside bathroom which also meant we did not have a bathtub or shower in the house. It was the normal routine to just wash up at night before going to bed. Needless to say we were not always as clean as we should have been. To take a bath in a tub of water was a huge task in the wintertime. Mom would heat water in pots on top of an old wood burning stove to fill a galvanized washtub, that was brought in to the living room and set near that same stove. Then when there was enough hot water added to the cold water to get it warm we would that a bath, girls first. Not a very good way to really get clean.
But was the weather got warmer we were able to take a better bath outside in the heat of the sun and with clean water warmed by the sun. We would even get out side on a hot summer day in the rain and take a real shower, hoping that it would not stop raining before we got rinsed off.
Starting Sunday we are hosting a series of meetings we call a Revival. It is called revival because it is a time each year that we as God’s people put forth the effort to get refreshed and cleaned up. Much like my childhood days and winter “wash ups” many time we let the little dirty sins just go untouched. But not only do they pileup on us, they began to cause us to start to stink.  Next week we must we must have the same drive and purpose to get our own self clean before the Lord.

The only way that we can truly be cleaned is by washing in the Word of God.
Ephesians 5: 25b ..as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Titus 3: 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

(not me in picture, stock photo)